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En Allemagne, 6000 citoyen.ne.s venu.e.s de toute l'Europe se forment et désobéissent pour le climat 

Résumé (français)

6000 activistes venu.e.s de toute l'Europe se sont réuni.e.s lors d'une semaine de formations et d'actions du 18 au 29 août près des mines de charbon de RWE, à proximité de Cologne. Une centaine de Français.e.s était au rendez-vous. 

Ce rassemblement avait pour objectif l'expérimentation de formes de vie collective et des modes de prise de décision alternatifs, la discussion d'enjeux de justice climatique ainsi que la formation et la participation à des actions de désobéissance non violente. Face à l'inaction des politiques et l’absence du sujet de la sortie du charbon dans la campagne présidentielle Allemande, ces actions visent à relancer le débat autour de la transition vers une société post-carbone. 

Parmi les actions les plus importantes, l'organisation d'une ligne rouge humaine près de la mine de Hambach (3000 participants) et le blocage de trains d'acheminement du charbon (1200 participants). 

Vendredi, la centrale de Neurath, qui est la deuxième plus polluante d'Europe, a été contrainte de réduire sa production de 37%. En tout, elle a été ralentie pendant 20h.

800 militant.e.s ont été arrêté.e.s pour avoir dénoncé l'état d'urgence climatique. Malgré tout, le réseau Ende Gelände ne faillit pas, et lance un appel pour se réunir le 4 et 5 novembre, lors de la COP 23 à Bonn, pour de nouvelles formations et actions. 
 

Photos des actions

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Communiqué de presse 30/08 en anglais: 

Action days in the Rhineland coalfields come to an end +  6000 people in diverse and powerful protest against lignite mining ++  Ende Gelände calls for mass civil disobedience during UN-climate talks

https://www.ende-gelaende.org/en/press-release/press-release-august-30-2017/

Today the climate camp near Erkelenz is taking down its tents. In the
last six days, it was the main base for a series of diverse protests
against lignite mining in the Rhineland Coalfields. Thousands of people
joined the „Ende Gelände“ mass action of civil disobedience and blocked
coal trains. A human chain of 3000 people drew a „Red Line“ against
lignite mining the edge of the  Hambach forest. Countless smaller groups
occupied train tracks and road accesses to power-plant Neurath, or sat
singing on a bucket-wheel excavator in the open-cast mine Inden. Three
climate camps hosted workshops, public debates, action support groups,
emphasizing its outreach to the neighbouring villages and dialogue with
worker's unions. Altogether, 6000 people took part in the protests,
demanding climate justice and an immediate coal phase-out.
„Our powerful protests have put climate justice on the political
agenda“, says Janna Aljets, spokes person of Ende Gelände. „Coal has no
public acceptance any longer.  Governments who block an immediate coal
phase-out lose legitimacy and credibility.“

The Rhineland coalfields near Cologne, West Germany, have become a hot
spot of the climate movement in the last years. The mining  operations
include three open-cast lignite mines and four power plants that belong
to Europe's most polluting.  Together they emit 80 million tons of CO2
per year. The utility giant RWE and the German government plan to
continue lignite mining until 2045. Lignite (brown coal) is one of the
most polluting fossil fuels.

„The time period in which we can prevent the worst impacts of climate
change is closing rapidly“. Says Insa Vries, spokes person of Ende
Gelände. „We need to phase out fossil fuels immediately.  Our civil
disobedience emphasizes the urgency of this demand.“

On Friday and Saturday, thousands of „Ende Gelände“ activists blocked
the train tracks which supply Germany' s dirtiest coal-fired power plant
Neurath with coal.  On Friday the tracks were occupied for nine hours.
On Saturday the blockades were held for six hours. RWE had to reduce the
capacities of the power plant for 20 hours. One group of activists also
managed to enter the open-cast coal mine Garzweiler. The different
„fingers“ of the mass action highlighted various aspects of the climate
justice issue, such as workers' struggles, mobility, agriculture and
feminism.

The activists acted in a determined but peaceful way.  About 800 people
were temporarily detained by the police. The police forces used pepper
spray and batons to clear the blockades, some activists were dragged
away by their heads. Activists reported they were kicked or hit in the
face; many suffered from twisted ankles; about five people were treated
in hospital because of fractures. Ende Gelände spokes people strongly
criticize the brutal police operations.

Nonetheless, Ende Gelände calls for more mass actions of civil
disobedience on November 4-5.  While the U.N. climate negotiations will
take place in Bonn, the activist are going to block infrastructure in
the Rhineland coalfield only 50 km away.
 „In November, the images of demolished villages and moonscaped mining
regions will go around the world“, says Janna Aljets, spokes person of
Ende Gelände. „We will point our finger to this sore spot and reveal the
hypocrisy of the Germany's climate policy. It's  not possible to protect
the climate without leaving coal in the ground!“

Contact:
Janna Aljets: 0163 4434034
Insa Vries: 01520 4560800
presse@ende-gelaende.org
www.ende-gelaende.org/presse

Photographs:
In our flickr-files you will find a selection of pictures. In the files
„freie Nutzung“ you will find pictures that are free for both commercial
and non-commercial purposes (about 10 per action day).Charities etc. are
free to use all the pictures if they give credits to the photographers.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/133937251@N05/albums


Revue de presse anglophone 

http://www.dw.com/en/european-climate-protesters-take-on-german-coal/a-40260579

https://www.thenation.com/article/germanys-dirty-secret-climate-activists-take-aim-at-europes-largest-coal-industry/

http://www.dw.com/en/protesters-take-on-germanys-coal-industry/g-40260079


 
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