erkelenz According to the police, numerous participants arrived in the morning for a large demonstration on Saturday against the eviction and demolition of the lignite town of Lützerath. A police spokesman spoke of a “brisk influx”. The police are expecting 8,000 participants at the demo in Keyenberg, a neighboring town of Lützerath in the Rhenish Revier. The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has also announced herself. The motto of the demonstration is “Prevent eviction! For climate justice”.
According to the organizers, the program with bands and live acts begins at 11 a.m., the demo itself begins at 12 p.m. Participants are expected from 50 cities and 14 federal states, Fridays for Future had announced.
Eviction continued on Saturday morning
On Saturday morning, the police continued to clear the lignite town of Lützerath, which was occupied by activists. “The work continues,” said a police spokesman. Emergency services climbed trees on which people persevered, as a dpa reporter reported.
According to the energy company RWE, preparations are also underway to get activists out of a tunnel. According to the police, the operation at the tunnel has been handed over. A police spokesman said it was a “rescue” that was now in the hands of RWE and THW.
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“We assume that they are doing well,” said Bente Opitz from the “Lützerath Lives” initiative. The activists would have enough to eat and could stay in the tunnel for several days. According to “Lützerath is alive”, there are still several dozen activists in Lützerath, on roofs and in trees.
The police initially gave no information on the number of remaining activists. “We’re almost through above ground,” a spokesman said in the morning. There are still about 15 “structures” of the activists, including tree houses and shacks, it said.