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Climate protests continue – excavators occupied

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Climate activists have occupied a bucket wheel excavator in the Hambach lignite opencast mine in the Rhenish lignite mining area. Photo: Henning Kaiser/dpa

In the Hambach opencast mine, around 20 kilometers away, a bucket wheel excavator has been occupied since the early hours of the morning, as a spokesman for the energy company RWE announced on Monday. In addition, climate activists abseiled in wheelchairs from a motorway bridge near Lützerath.

The excavator in the Rhenish lignite mining area, which is located in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, has stopped operating, said an RWE spokesman. There are a total of four people on the excavator. The police have been informed. According to the protest group “Counterattack – for the good life”, eight activists occupied the excavator. With the action you want to show solidarity with the people in the village of Lützerath. The group also criticized the actions of the police there and called for the socialization of energy production.

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