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#EndeGelaende: 1200 people kettled at #Dueren station – “Inadmissible deprivation of liberty”

October 26, 2018: Statement by the Ende Gelaende coalition about todays (and ongoing) police repression against activists in Dueren, Germany. Dueren is near to Hambacher forest and RWE’s open pit mine.

Originally published by Ende Gelaende. Edited machine translation by Enough is Enough. Image above by @bwwatch_cgn

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Dueren, German territory, 26.10.2018; 15:42

Since five hours the police kettled 1200 people at the train station in Dueren. The activists traveled overnight with a special train from Prague via Leipzig and Berlin and would like to continue to the registered protest camp on a terrain in Stepprath (district of Dueren). Tweet from last night:

At the administrative court of Aachen, two urgent applications were filed against this police measure for violation of the constitutionally protected freedom of assembly. ” (Update 17:52: The court of Aachen approved the police actions, activists now appealed at the higher adminstrative court in Muenster, EIE)

Selma Richter, spokeswoman for Ende Gelände criticized the actions of the police as inadmissible deprivation of liberty. “The police have stopped and controlled the train several times. They know that they will not find anything. The fact that they hold us here for hours is a pure harassment with which they want to criminalize and intimidate us. It is absurd and unjustifiable to discourage people on their way to a registered meeting through personal checks. “ “The last few months have shown that public opinion is behind our protest against coal. We will not be stopped. “

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