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Riot Police Clear Protestors From Abandoned German Village Being Demolished For New Coal Mine

January 14, 2023 - Riot police backed by bulldozers removed scores of activists from buildings in an abandoned village in western Germany in a second day of confrontations over the expansion of a coal mine.


A police officer stands on the roof as activists take part in a protest against the expansion of the Garzweiler open-cast lignite mine of Germany's utility RWE, in Luetzerath.

Photo: Reuters

Officers climbed ladders to reach protesters perched on roofs and walls in Luetzerath, which energy firm RWE wants to clear to expand its Garzweiler lignite coal mine.