The “All Villages Remain” alliance announced on Saturday:
Today residents of the villages threatened by coal mining took part in an action of civil disobedience. The action took place together with the “Anti-Coal Kidz” and is part of the diverse protest for climate justice in the region this week. At the same time blockades of the action alliance “End of the Grounds” took place, preceded by a demonstration of “Fridays for Future” and “All Villages Remain” with around 500 participants.
“We would have liked to never have to go through police chains – but the state government leaves us no other choice,” said Britta Kox from the threatened village of Berverath. “If Prime Minister Armin Laschet wanted, then he could save our villages. We will no longer stand by and watch the excavators come closer and closer and take our fate into our own hands with actions like these.
The active members of “All Villages Remain, Rhineland” had flowed through a police chain together with the “Anti-Coal Kidz” and tried to block an entrance to the Garzweiler II opencast mine. The police stopped them by using force. Kox sees the state government’s duty as a new brief legal opinion on behalf of Greenpeace this week has come to the conclusion that the coal exit law does not conclusively regulate the future of opencast mining. Instead, when deciding on future open-cast mining borders, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia is obliged to check whether the planned coal mining is necessary and proportionate. The “All Villages Remain” alliance does not expect the protests surrounding the open-cast mine to end in autumn either: The coal company RWE plans to start demolishing the village of Lützerath this year and cutting down trees in the region. “We call on everyone to continue fighting with us after this weekend. This autumn it’s about protecting Lützerath and preventing tree felling, «says Antje Pistel from the mining village of Holzweiler.
150 people have on Saturday on the Berliner Oranienplatz commemorated the victims of racism and police violence. The “Where is our monument” initiative explained:
Racist police violence is still common. People experience violence every day – and some don’t survive it. 178 people have been murdered in German police custody since 1990. We want to remember all of these people and demand justice. We don’t have the place for that, because: The victims of racism are not only made invisible in public discourse, but also in public space. That’s why we take the place ourselves and ask: Where is our monument? »We demand justice and memory as values that are more fundamental than the rhetoric of the market. We will stay on the street with our symbols to point out the racist actions of the authorities against People of Color in Germany, «said an activist of the initiative.