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18 activists held in pre-trial detention after #Ende Gelaende coal excavator blockade in #Lusatia

Ende Gelaende demands the release of the prisoners. Demonstration announced in front of Brandenburg state representation in Berlin.

Originally published by Ende Gelaende. Edited machine translation by Enough 14.

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Berlin/Cottbus, 06.02.2019. After the excavator occupations of the Ende Gelaende coalition on Monday in Lusatia, 18 of the activists are in pre-trial detention. They are accused of trespassing. The activists protested with their actions against the final result of the coal commission and demanded an immediate coal exit.

“The Commission’s result is at the expense of those who were not at the table: People in the global South and young generations who are afraid for their future. In view of this political failure, we are forced to break the rules and take the coal exit into our own hands with civil disobedience. The activists are now being treated like felons, even though they are the ones who take responsibility. We demand the release of the 18 prisoners,” says Nike Mahlhaus, press spokeswoman for Ende Gelände.

In similar cases Ende Gelände activists have so far been acquitted of the accusation of trespassing because the opencast mines in Lusatia are not enclosed. Never before has pre-trial detention been ordered against climate activists solely on the basis of this accusation. The detention on remand is limited until the end of April. Negotiations are planned for the next two weeks.

“To order pre-trial detention for trespass is completely disproportionate,” comments Marie Melior, lawyer of the activists, “This disproportionality can be seen in particular in the fact that all the milder measures offered were not even considered by the judge instead of detention. Obviously, an example was made for other activists.”

Ende Gelände protests today from 10 a.m. in front of the Brandenburg state representation in Berlin-Mitte (centre). From 6 p.m. a demonstration is registered in front of the state representation.

Video report of the action by Graswurzel TV

04.02.2019: Activists from Ende Gelände successfully blocked coal-fired power plants and infrastructure in Karlsruhe, Leipzig and Lusatia during a week of action against the failure of the coal commission. They insist that a coal exit in 2038 is too late, they are taking it into their own hands. Currently (Wednesday, 6 February), 18 activists are still in custody and will be brought before the magistrate.


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  1. […] After the excavator occupations of the Ende Gelaende coalition on February 4, 2019 in Lusatia, 18 of the activists were arrested and are in pre-trial detention (At the moment three are stil imprisoned, the others were released in the past days, Enough 14) . […]

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