A police in the nearby town of Gelsenkirchen “put an end” to the blockades and are ready to take more measures to guarantee security in the area, the authority said via its social media, according to EFE.

The cutting of coal supply routes and road access to the plant operated by the energy company Uniper began at around 5:30 am (4:30 am in Lisbon) and lasted for approximately seven hours.

With this action, the collective “Ende Gelände”, known for its mass protests and civil disobedience against projects with environmental impact, intended to denounce the effects of coal consumption on the environment and indigenous communities.

In a statement, the environmental group particularly highlighted the impact of coal mining on communities such as the Wayú and the Yupka people in Colombia, highlighting that in this Latin American country 60,000 people were displaced due to this activity and 2,600 were murdered.

In response to the energy crisis triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the German Government reactivated in 2022 the network of 14 coal-fired thermoelectric plants that were deactivated and were going to be shut down, including Scholven.

As stated by ‘Ende Gelände” on its social networks, the coal that is burned at the Scholven plant comes from the El Cerrejón mine, in the Colombian region of La Guajira.

“German fossil capital is full of (neo)colonial violence”, declared the group on its official account on the X network (formerly Twitter).

Germany has committed to abandoning the use of coal by 2038 and the Scholven plant is expected to start operating with gas, but ‘Ende Gelände’ also refuses to use this energy source due to its environmental consequences.

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Source: https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/2535521/policia-dispersa-ativistas-que-bloquearam-central-de-carvao-na-alemanha

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