Berlin – Several hundred anti-climate activists have ended a protest today in one of the largest lignite mines in Germany.
Tanjug / Marcel Kusch / dpa via AP
The protest ended after the police repeatedly ordered them to withdraw because of the danger of life.
"We wrote climate history this weekend, our movement has never been so diverse and so determined," said an Ende Gelende group activist in a statement announcing the end of the protest.
Police officers had previously pulled out several demonstrators who entered the Garcvajler mine in the west of Germany, the AP reported.
Another group of protesters blocked a coal-filling line, the day after several thousand protesters protested peacefully at the mine.
Demonstrators and police are accusing each other of violent behavior in the mine and causing injury. In the crackdown on activists, eight policemen were injured.
These protests came a few days after European leaders failed to agree on a plan that the Union would make carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.
The mine has become a focus of environmental protests in recent years, as its operator, the RVE utility company, has threatened to cut the nearby forest.
The German government has approved an expert proposal to stop the use of coal for electricity by 2038, but activists say it is not fast enough.
Scientists say that the end of fossil fuel use by the middle of the 21st century is necessary if countries want to achieve the ambitious goal of the Paris Climate Change Agreement of 2015, which is to prevent global temperatures from climbing more than 1.5 degrees Celsius pre-industrial times, the agency reports.