White-clad campaigners occupy German coal mines in climate protest

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Thousands of activists on Saturday occupied several opencast coal mines in eastern Germany, seeking to put pressure on the government to phase out the fossil fuel – a divisive issue in the country’s rust belt.Wearing masks and dressed in white, hundreds of campaigners stormed into the Jaenschwalde Ost mine while another 450 sat down on a railroad connected to the site.Similar action hit the Welzow-Sued mine, also in the Lausitz basin.Meanwhile, MIBRAG which operates another mine – the…

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