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Climate Activists Occupy German Coal Mine - Photos

World | Associated Press | June 25, 2019, 2:37 pm
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 Hundreds of climate activists called an end to their protest inside one of Germany's biggest open-pit mines after police repeatedly ordered them to leave, citing life-threatening danger, and authorities pulled some protesters out. (Image: AP)

Hundreds of climate activists called an end to their protest inside one of Germany's biggest open-pit mines after police repeatedly ordered them to leave, citing life-threatening danger, and authorities pulled some protesters out. (Image: AP)

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 The Garzweiler lignite coal mine has been the focal point of environmental protests in Germany's Rhineland region, when 40,000 students rallied for more government action against climate change in the nearby city of Aachen. (Image: AP)

The Garzweiler lignite coal mine has been the focal point of environmental protests in Germany's Rhineland region, when 40,000 students rallied for more government action against climate change in the nearby city of Aachen. (Image: AP)

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 The long-planned protests began just hours after European Union leaders failed at a summit to agree on how to make the EU carbon neutral by 2050. (Image: AP)

The long-planned protests began just hours after European Union leaders failed at a summit to agree on how to make the EU carbon neutral by 2050. (Image: AP)

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 Some demonstrators blocked the railroad tracks used to transport coal before others broke through a police cordon to enter the mine. (Image: AP)

Some demonstrators blocked the railroad tracks used to transport coal before others broke through a police cordon to enter the mine. (Image: AP)

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 Protesters and police accused each other of combative behaviour in the mine and of causing injuries. Police said eight officers were injured in scuffles with protesters. (Image: AP)

Protesters and police accused each other of combative behaviour in the mine and of causing injuries. Police said eight officers were injured in scuffles with protesters. (Image: AP)

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 Police cut the locks the protesters had used to chain themselves to the railway tracks and then carried the protesters out one by one. Inside the mine, some protesters left voluntarily, while others were taken on buses and driven out of the mine. Police took the identities of all demonstrators before letting them go. (Image: AP)

Police cut the locks the protesters had used to chain themselves to the railway tracks and then carried the protesters out one by one. Inside the mine, some protesters left voluntarily, while others were taken on buses and driven out of the mine. Police took the identities of all demonstrators before letting them go. (Image: AP)

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 The mine has been the focus of many protests in recent years because the operator, German utility company RWE, planned to cut down a forest to enlarge it. (Image: AP)

The mine has been the focus of many protests in recent years because the operator, German utility company RWE, planned to cut down a forest to enlarge it. (Image: AP)

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