Lützerath: Thunberg: coal mine “looks like Mordor”

Lützerath: Thunberg: coal mine “looks like Mordor”

Thunberg: coal mine “looks like Mordor”

"It's very sad to see that.  It's a very different place now": Greta Thunberg.  Photo: Oliver Berg/dpa

“It’s very sad to see it. It’s a completely different place now”: Greta Thunberg. photo

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Leading green politicians defend the demolition of Lützerath. For the Swedish climate activists Thunberg incomprehensible. She draws a comparison to the kingdom of Mordor from the novel “Lord of the Rings”.

Greta Thunberg has criticized the German Greens for their support for the demolition of Lützerath and the digging up of the coal lying beneath the village. Corporations like RWE should actually be held accountable for how they treat people.

“The fact that the Greens make compromises with such companies shows where their priorities lie,” said the Swedish climate activist in an interview with German press agency. She herself was never associated with a green party.

Leading Green politicians such as Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck and his NRW colleague Mona Neubaur defend the demolition von Lützerath with the fact that the underlying coal is needed to maintain energy security in the current crisis. Thunberg said: “The coal that is here in the ground will not immediately lower prices. Anyone who thinks so simply has no connection to reality.”

Thunberg supports local protests against the eviction

The 20-year-old came to Germany to support the protest against the eviction and demolition of Lützerath. “I’ve been here before and it was completely different then,” she said. “It’s very sad to see. It’s a very different place now.” She said of the crater landscape of the Rhenish lignite mining area: “It really looks like Mordor. It shows what people are capable of under the wrong conditions. It shows what we are fighting against, what we want to prevent.” In Tolkien’s novel “Lord of the rings” is Mordor the realm and base of the evil Sauron.

Thunberg had already visited Lützerath on Friday and denounced “police violence”. Aachen police chief Dirk Weinspach had vehemently rejected the criticism. On the contrary, the police acted with extreme caution, he said. When asked whether she maintained her criticism of the police, Thunberg told dpa: “Police violence means different things in different countries. But there have been several cases in which the police have endangered the lives of activists.”


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