Ende Gelände: Around 150 environmental activists broke into Datteln 4, a coal-fired power plant north of Dortmund.
For nine hours they blocked loading facilities and band-conveyors. Their action of civil disobedience was a protest against the new coal-law of the German government and the devastating consequences of hard-coal mining in Russia and Columbia.
The German government plans for the country to be coal-free by 2038, the Datteln 4 plant will still be connected to the power grid in the summer, the result of a compromise between the federal government, states, and power plant operators, but climate activists demanded an earlier phase-out.
At the end of the day, the activists were evicted by the police.
Daniel Hofinger, spokesperson of the Ende Gelände alliance said: „We celebrate today‘s action as a huge success. This was only the beginning. We will fight against Datteln 4 the same way we fought to protect the Hambach Forest.“