17 | 11 | 2019

The international climate justice movement Ende Gelaende (“Here And No Further”) calls for a mass action of civil disobedience in the Lusatian lignite fields of Eastern Germany on 30 November 2019. Hundreds of activists from all over Europe will put their bodies on the line, to block lignite mines, train tracks, and power plants. To stop the climate crisis, Ende Gelaende calls for an immediate coal phase-out and a transition away from fossil fuels and growth-dependent capitalism.

“Millions of people have taken to the streets together with Fridays for Future, protesting for climate justice. But the government still ignores the urgency of the climate crisis and is about to pass a climate law that will lead us into a world which is 3 to 5 degrees hotter. We won’t let this happen. The climate justice movement is stronger than ever and we know what we have to do: we will take the protests one step further and shut down Germany’s dirty coal industry with our own bodies. Our future depends on it”, says Ende Gelaende spokeswoman Nike Mahlhaus.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg visited the Hambach Forest near Cologne, Germany, today. The forest has become an internationally recognised symbol for the impacts of coal mining and the movement for climate justice in Germany. It has been occupied by climate activists for seven years and saw demonstrations of over 50,000 people for its protection during an eviction last summer which lasted for weeks. On her way to the New York Climate Summit, Thunberg met youth climate strikers, activists, and local residents facing resettlement due to coal mining. The forest is currently experiencing existential stress due to ongoing drought, worsened by the climate crisis.

After three days Ende Gelände is ending a mass action against coal mining. More than 6,000 people blocked key places of the RWE’s mining operations in the Rhineland coalfield. Since Friday activists occupied tracks which are the supply line of Germany’s biggest power plant Neurath. Yesterday thousands of activists entered the Garzweiler mine and stopped coal excavators. At the same time as Ende Gelände actions were happening, about 8,000 people joined a demonstration by NGOs and local initiatives in solidarity with villages threatened by coal mining. On Friday, 40,000 students marched on a climate strike in Aachen. Ende Gelände demands an immediate coal-phase out and fundamental system change. 

Activists have cut off Germany’s largest coal power station from coal supply. Several hundreds of activists of the anti-coal alliance Ende Gelände have been blocking the coal rail tracks leading to power station Neurath, in Rhineland, for more than 15 hours. The activists have spent the night on the tracks.

Yesterday, 4,000 activists had started from a protest camp in Viersen to block coal mining operations in Rhineland, Europe’s largest source of carbon dioxide emissions. Another 2,000 activists have departed from the camp this morning. Yesterday 40,000 students from Fridays for Future protested in Aachen, only 50 km distance from the open coal mine. For today Fridays for Future and environmental NGOs have announced large protests directly next to the mine.

Breaking – Several hundred climate activists are occupying the tracks of a coal trainline this moment, thus cutting off the supply line of Germanys largest coal power plants Neurath and Niederaussen. Several thousand activists are on their way to interrupt coal infrastructure at other places.

“We are putting our bodys on the line today to shut down Europe’s second dirtiest coal power plant. The power company RWE continues to extract coal and destroys our future for short term profit. We are not only shutting down this coal plant, we are standing up against a destructive economic system”, – explains Kathrin Henneberger, spokesperson for theEnde Gelaende coalition.

Today around 4,000 climate activists will start from the Ende Gelände protest camp in Viersen to block the coal fields in Rhineland. They will depart from the camp in two waves. More activists are expected to arrive at the camp throughout the day, and to start a third wave of blockades tomorrow. The alliance Ende Gelände demands the immediate coal exit and a fundamental system change.

We still have hopes, the door is still open to a future within the 1.5°C limit. But we will miss this last chance if we don’t act immediately. Today we set out with thousands of people towards a future without fossil fuels, without exploitation and without this destructive quest for infinite economic growth.” states Sina Reisch, spokeswoman of Ende Gelände.

Viersen, 16 June 2019. The climate alliance Ende Gelände will set up camp in Viersen, near Mönchengladbach, starting today at 2pm. Local police authorities had rejected the organizer‘s request to have a camp at this location. However, yesterday afternoon the administrative court in Aachen ruled that the camp site was legal.

„We are looking forward to have a place where we can express our protest for an immediate coal phase out to confront the climate crisis. The court ruling confirms: Choosing a site for a rally is an essential part for the freedom to assembly“, explains Kathrin Henneberger, press spokeswoman of Ende Gelände.

At the invitation of the German Communist Party (DKP), representatives of Communist Parties from the Baltic Sea region came together in Kiel last weekend and took part in activities in memory of the November Revolution. The activities included the conference "Baltic Sea - Sea of Peace" by DKP and SDAJ, at which a resolution was passed.

The conference, attended by Communist Parties from Poland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany, received contribution from Communist Parties from the Russian Federation and Finland as well.

The World Federation of Trade Unions, which is the militant voice of more than 92 million workers in the five Continents, strongly condemns the far-rightists gatherings and manifestations that take place in Kemnitz, Saxony, against migrants and refugees who live in Germany.

We also denounce the violent attacks and intimidation against migrants, as well as the spreading of racism, xenophobia and hatred by political powers which participate in the gatherings.

dkp logo neuThe German Communist Party (DKP) Leadership has released a press statement on June 19th, on the government crisis between the ruling CDU and its Bavarian partner CSU on the refugee question.

Despite the ostensible conflict between the Ministry of Interior Seehofer (CSU) and Chancellor Merkel (CDU) on the issue of refugees, the DKP interprets the situation differently, as the two actors are “playing together”, as they have the same intention. According to DKP, the Merkel-Germany is making use of the refugee debate to intervene with the national sovereignty of other EU states, and Seehofer threatens those states to shut down the doors for refugees that applied to other countries unless they comply with the EU directives.

dkp logo neuThe German Communist Party (DKP) leadership addressed a declaration regarding the case of Skripal and German-Russian relations.

The DKP declaration, signed by the Party leaders Patrik Köbele, Hans-Peter Brenner, Wera Richter, referred to the march for peace that took place last weekend, under the motto “Disarm, no further arming”, which was also one of the resolutions of DKP addressed in the recent Party Congress.

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