NRW: Activists block access to the occupied village of Lützerath

Activists block access to the occupied village of Lützerath

While the police are making preparations for the planned evacuation of the village of Lützerath, activists are setting up barricades. photo

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The village of Lützerath is to be dredged to extract coal. Climate activists live in the abandoned houses. On Monday they set up burning barricades on the access road.

On Monday, climate activists positioned themselves behind a burning barricade on the access road to the brown coal village of Lützerath. “The police announced today that they will clear the barricades that we have set up to protect the village,” said Julia Riedel, spokeswoman for the “Lützerath Lives” initiative. An activist from the “Last Generation” alliance had his left hand taped to the access road. Another activist sat on a tripod stand.

A police spokesman said that the evacuation of Lützerath was by no means planned for Monday. If necessary, however, access roads would have to be cleared so that the energy company RWE could get through with its construction machines. As RWE announced, three country roads near Lützerath were permanently closed on Monday.

Climate activists want to fight for Lützerath

Lützerath, 40 kilometers southwest of Düsseldorf, is to be excavated for coal extraction. However, activists who want to fight for the place live in the houses whose former residents have moved away. They see no need to dig up and burn the coal. Land and houses belong to the energy company RWE. He announced that the use of Lützerath this winter was necessary in order to ensure a secure supply of the power plants in the midst of the energy crisis.

An evacuation of Lützerath is expected in January. The district of Heinsberg has published a general decree that prohibits people from staying in the place. If this eviction is not followed, the order provides the basis “for taking evacuation measures from January 10,” according to the district.


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