Several hundred Germans protested on Sunday in the coastal city of Lubmin in the east of the country, calling for the launch of the suspended Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.
The German government halted the approval process in February the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline after the Russian attack on Ukraine. Gas supplies via another Baltic pipeline, Nord Stream 1, have been suspended by the Russian state Gazprom – with reference to technical problems that allegedly could not be resolved due to the sanctions. The German Government sees this justification as a pretext.
Not everyone Germany support the decision of the authorities. “Open Nord Stream 2”, “the government must go” – announced the banners at the Sunday protest in Lubmin.
– When someone turns off the gas tap, turns off the heating, these are not normal conditions and cannot be. Germany is one of the richest countries in the world and then something like that is simply impossible – said the organizer of the protest Martin Klein. Among the demonstrators were people holding Russian flags.
Lubmin is a city through which the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Germany runs.
A group of Ukrainian women got under the stage to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Reuters reported, but were escorted away by security guards.
Scholz seeks independence
The protest took place on the second day of the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s trip to the Persian Gulf region in order to intensify energy cooperation and ensure independence from Russia.
Recently, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck also visited Lubmin, stating that he did not see “any predictable scenario in which Nord Stream 2 would play a role for Germany’s energy security.”
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