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#Ende Gelaende ends successful mass action of civil disobedience

Cottbus. German territory. “Ende Gelaende” ends successful mass action of civil disobedience. Radical protest against climate crisis and for immediate coal phase-out .

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Press release, 30 november 2019, 12:30 pm

Successful disobedient mass action in Lusatia coal fields +++ 4,000 climate activists in open-cast mines and on coal railways +++ Fridays For Future Demonstration at power station

Cottbus | Chóśebuz, 30 november 2019. Since this morning, around 4,000 activists from international climate justice movement Ende Gelaende (“Here And No Further”) have successfully blocked coal infrastructure in the Leipzig and Lusatian areas. Large groups of activists reached the Jaenschwalde open-cast mine, the Welzow-Sued open-cast mine and the coal railway to the Jaenschwalde power station. An inclusive action group, including people with physical disabilities, occupies a rail section and the adjacent road – together with the Anti-Coal-Kidz. Disappointed by the disastrous climate policy of the German government, these young activists engage in civil disobedience for the first time. Simultaneously, Fridays For Future is demonstrating in solidarity with Ende Geleande near the Jaenschwalde power plant. 

“We are in the right place at the right time. Next week, the German government wants to pass a completely inadequate coal phase-out law that will give up on the 1.5 degree limit – we don’t! Germany pretends to be a pioneer in climate protection abroad, yet its climate policy making is desastrous. We will not be standing by while politicians and corporations destroy our future. Today, our protest on the destruction sites is a strong signal for climate justice and for an ecological and socially responsible system change,” affirms Nike Mahlhaus, spokesperson of Ende Gelaende.

Carla Reemtsma, spokesperson of Fridays for Future, adds: “After we organized a strike yesterday at over 500 locations in Germany for climate justice, we are demonstrating together with Ende Gelände today in Lausitz for a quick coal phase-out. The climate justice movement is diverse, determined and disobedient. We say: Exit coal, enter future!“

Press release, 30 November 2019, 5pm

“Ende Gelaende” ends successful mass action of civil disobedience +++ Radical protest against climate crisis and for immediate coal phase-out

Cottbus | Chóśebuz, 30 november 2019. At 5 pm, the international climate justice movement “Ende Gelaende” (“Here And No Further”) successfully ends today’s day of action. Since the early morning, climate activists have been blocking coal mines and coal infrastructure in the Lusatian and Leipzig coal mining areas. They occupied the open-cast mines Jaenschwalde-Ost, Welzow-Sued and Vereinigtes Schleenhain as well as three coal railways. The activists are protesting against the government’s inadequate climate policy, demand an immediate coal phase-out and criticise the economic system as being powered by fossil fuels and orientated towards growth.

“We are satisfied with our successful action and happy that we were able to send such a strong signal for climate justice today. 4,000 climate activists have jointly blocked coal infrastructure,” says spokesperson Nike Mahlhaus, drawing a positive conclusion of the action. She comments: “If political leaders fail to protect the climate and our livelihoods, we will start to phase-out coal mining by ourselves.

“2019 was the year of the climate movement, but a lost year for climate justice. We must act now, because the climate crisis radically threatens our future. That’s why we’re reacting with radical protest today”, says Johnny Parks, spokesperson of Ende Gelaende.

An alliance of Fridays for Future and environmental associations such as BUND, Greenpeace Regio Ost and PowerShift demonstrated in solidarity with Ende Gelaende in front of the Jaenschwalde power plant. Coal-fired power still accounts for a large proportion of Germany’s CO2 emissions. Ende Gelaende is a protest alliance that has been organizing actions of civil disobedience in the coal mining areas of the Rhineland, Lusatia and Leipzig since 2015.

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