Cottbus. German territory. Ende Gelaende. 500 climate activists in the Jänschwalde lignite mine. 450 activists on the tracks of the coal railway. Over a thousand other activists in the Welzow-Süd and Vereinigtes Schleenhain lignite mines.
Submitted to Enough 14 in German. Translated by Enough 14. Images by Ende Gelaende.
Cottbus | Chóśebuz, 30.11.2019. Currently several action groups from Ende Gelände are blocking various points of the coal infrastructure in the Lusatian and Leipzig regions. Around eight o’clock about 500 climate activists arrived simultaneously at the Jänschwalde Ost lignite mine and 450 at a coal railway connected to the Jänschwalde power station. The Jänschwalde power station is known as one of the most climate-damaging power stations in Europe. The Jänschwalde lignite mine has been in safety operation since September 1, 2019 due to serious failures to comply with environmental legislation. Around nine o’clock, over a thousand other activists arrived at the Welzow-Süd (Lausitz) and Vereinigtes Schleenhain (Leipzig area) lignite mines.
“Because LEAG has still not submitted an environmental impact assessment, the Jänschwalde lignite mine is currently in safety operation. But coal-fired power generation is never eco-friendly! With today’s campaign, we are showing that the lignite mine must be shut down permanently,” stresses Johnny Parks, press spokesman of Ende Gelaende.
“We demand a rapid and socially just structural change in Lusatia. The urgently needed phase-out of coal must not be implemented at the expense of employees. We fear that the decided billions for structural change will not be used for a renewable future, but to gild the coal exit for the coal corporations. The money must really benefit the region and the people living there,” says Sina Reisch, press spokeswoman of Ende Gelände.
In recent years Ende Gelände has repeatedly blocked coal infrastructure in the Rhineland and Lusatia with thousands of people. The Action Alliance calls for an immediate phase-out of coal and global climate justice. Last summer, more than 6,000 activists occupied central nodal points of the Rhenish lignite mining area – among other things, the rail supply to the Neurath power station, Germany’s largest coal-fired power station, stood still for almost 48 hours. People from all over Europe take part in the actions of Ende Gelaende.
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