They blocked the German embassy. “We have hypocrisy. Germany pretends to be a green country”
– What is happening now in Lützerath is a climate crime and a show of German hypocrisy. We’ve had enough of this hypocrisy. Germany pretends to be a green country, talks about an ambitious climate policy, and at the same time they want to further expand coal mines in their country, said Wiktoria Jędroszkowiak. The activist was one of the people protesting on Tuesday in front of the German embassy in Warsaw.
In Over the weekend, the German police forcibly removed the activists from the village of Lützerath in North Rhine. It is being demolished – lignite is to be extracted from Lützerath as part of the expansion of the opencast mine. Protesters there from Germany and other countries criticized the German authorities for destroying the countryside and further coal mining, which they said was incompatible with the actions necessary to stop climate change.
People from the Bombelki collective blocked the main entrance to the German Embassy. In the gate of the institution, the activists put up a yellow “X” sign – as they said, it was a symbol of resistance to the expansion of the mine. The event was accompanied by a press conference.
Watch the recording of the protest and activists’ conference:
The “trap” of replacing coal with gas
Julia Keane, one of the protesting activists, called Germany’s energy policy ‘inhumane’
and said it was “a crime against the climate and against their own citizens.”
– As a result of the extension of the open pit in North Rhine, several villages were razed to the ground, and those who blocked the eviction of Luetzerath from the beginning of January were victims of scandalous police violence. On the example of the current actions of the German government, we see what an idiotic trap it is to move from gas to coal and from coal to gas instead of accelerating the energy transformation, she said.
The activists appealed to representatives of the German authorities to stop coal mining.
After blocking the gate, the embassy security called the police and then cut the chain with the “X” symbol attached to it.
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