Greta Thunberg Encourages Protests Against Coal Mine Expansion in German Village

Activist Greta Thunberg urged people to rally against a planned coal mine expansion that would entail the demolition of a village in western Germany, according to a post on her Instagram page.

Climate activists protesting the lignite mine expansion since 2020 have set up barricades and shacks around the village of Lutzerath, Germany. The activist group Initiative Lutzerath urged people who want to join the action to prepare themselves for the long haul, saying the “evacuation attempt will take one to six weeks.”

Despite the protests, authorities said they continued to evict the village of Lutzerath on Friday, January 13. According to news reports, German police said that most of the structures set up by anti-coal protesters, including treehouses, had been cleared by January 13.

Footage posted to Instagram by user Timeshotfox Photography shows a treehouse being demolished in Lutzerath. Activists said an individual was sitting on one treehouse when it was torn down.

According to Deutsche Welle, the village of Lutzerath has no permanent residents left. Credit: Timeshotfox Photography via Storyful

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