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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

1000 people speak for the majority and say 'No Further!'

'People want a future free of climate change and...if you're not going to solve it for us, we're going to solve it for you.'

 Activists place their bodies before a Bagger 288 digger, "the heaviest land vehicle in the world," halting operations, and stopping over 700,000 tons of dirty lignite coal from being extracted.

"In a stirring act of mass civil disobedience, roughly 1000 protesters stormed the gates of RWE's coalfields in Rhineland, Germany on Saturday, successfully shutting down operations for Europe's biggest carbon polluter. Under the banner Ende Gel√§nde, which means "here and no further," activists descended on the mine to send a direct message to officials that such extraction will no longer be tolerated amid the encroaching climate crisis.

According to reports, early Saturday morning, an estimated 1,500 faced off with police wielding batons before roughly two-thirds of the protesters broke through and managed to enter the opencast lignite, or brown coal, mine. Lignite is a particularly dirty fossil fuel due to its high moisture content. "Lignite is the number one climate killer worldwide," one activist said, "what's emitted from the lignite here is having a direct impact on the climate.""