Tuesday, February 20

Activists Briefly Occupy German Coal-Fired Power Station

On Monday morning, a group of about 40 climate activists broke into the site of a coal-fired power station in Jänschwalde, 100 kilometres southeast of Berlin.

Two units of the power station, half the capacity, were subsequently shut down.

The protesters protested against generating electricity from coal. Two of the factory’s spare units will be switched on next month due to the energy crisis in Germany. A spokesman for the coal-fired power plant operator called the action “an attack on the security of energy supply”.

According to a police spokesperson, the activists occupied, among other things, conveyor belts. As a result, the adjacent coal mine was not reached. That mine is the third largest source of lignite in Germany.

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