On october 31st, 2021, nearly 4,000 climate activists gathered in Lützerath to protest the village’s planned destruction in order to expand an enormous coal mine. Greenpeace, Extinction Rebellion, Fridays for Future and local collectives like “Lützerath bleibt” (Lützerath stays) and Alle Dörfer Bleiben (All the villages stay) criticized the coal company RWE, largest polluter in Europe, and called for the preservation of Lützerath and of six other villages in northern Rhineland. In the wake of the demonstration, about 350 activists from the german-wide collective Ende Gelände escaped the police squads, swarmed the mine’s outskirts and held an improvised gathering on its edge.

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