North Rhine-Westphalia: Opponents of coal demonstrate in Lützerath

Status: 10/31/2021 3:32 p.m.

Opponents of coal have been protesting against opencast mining in Lützerath since noon. In the morning they unfurled a huge banner. A well-known artist has also announced himself.

Greenpeace demonstrates in Lützerath with a red banner and a “fire line”

Bild: picture alliance/dpa/Greenpeace Germany

In the morning, coal opponents protested against the planned demolition of the village of Lützerath at the Garzweiler open-cast lignite mine in the Rhineland with a 150-meter-long banner reading “1.5 degrees limit” and a fire. The “line of fire” along the banner stands for the 1.5 degree limit in global warming, said Greenpeace. The action was peaceful and the fire was out again, a police spokesman confirmed.

Court demolition will be decided in court

The demolition of the village of Lützerath had already begun

Image: picture alliance / Jochen Tack

A demonstration to protect the village of Lützerath at the Garzweiler opencast mine has been running since midday. Fridays for Future, Greenpeace and other groups have called for this. In Lützerath, buildings are to give way to open-cast mining. However, the energy company RWE has announced that it will refrain from demolition work for the time being. They want to wait for a decision by the Higher Administrative Court in Münster first. The court should decide on the legality of a yard demolition.

Thousands of participants expected in the afternoon

Alrun Hoffmann and her friends traveled over two hours from Siegen

Image: WDR / Julia Küppers

Today’s rally will be held in front of the threatened court. According to the police, 2,500 participants came, but more are expected – 5,000 are registered. The organizers ask at the beginning that everyone should wear their masks and keep their distance. In Lützerath, young activists have been staying in a camp and tree houses for weeks. A spokeswoman for the police Aachen said that it assumed a peaceful outcome.

Artist Baumgärtel sprays banana

The artist Thomas Baumgärtel wants to spray one of his famous bananas at the gate entrance of the threatened farm. One of the barns on the farm is an art barn where a couple of painters work and exhibit. “With the spray banana I want to set an example in order to preserve the place and the climate targets – against the burning of lignite,” said Baumgärtel.


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