Tag Archives: Germany

Activists Blocking Coal Train in Germany

31 Aug

from Linksunten Indymedia


Rhineland Coalfield – Germany: Around 200 activists are occupying the coal train tracks which is the main way to transport coal between the open-cast coal mine “Hambach” to the big power plants which emit 100 millions tons of CO2 per year. The action is happening in solidarity with the Climate and Reclaim the Fields Camp that is taking place from August 23 to September 6 2013 in the Rhineland coalfield.

The activists went onto the tracks at around 1pm. At the time of writing (5.30pm), they are still there, surrounded by a lot of police. The fire fighters have arrived to fell trees, to make way for the police. It is expected that the occupation is going to be evicted within the next hours.

Already in the last two years, there have been blockades like this. The tracks are an extremely vulnerable point in the coal complex ca. 40km west of Cologne, which consists of three open cast lignite mines and four coal-fired power plants. Usually, wagons loaded with coal run here every 15 minutes to supply the power plants. The plants have storage capacity for only two days.

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Oh Damn, German Beer Threatened by Fracking

27 May

by Russ McSpadden / Earth First! Newswire

Does this beer taste like it has several hundred undisclosed chemicals belonging to Halliburton in it?

Dude, does this beer taste like it has several hundred undisclosed chemicals belonging to Halliburton in it?

There’s just something unsettling about a beer turned bitter from too many hops and, um,  poisoned by poly-nuclear-aromatic-hydrocarbons. Wait, better forget that last ingredient, which is a proprietary fracking chemical owned by Halliburton. The Earth First! Journal just can’t afford to get sued.

A growing coalition of German brewers, invoking the power and sanctity of that country’s beer purity law of 1516, which only allows simple and pure ingredients in beer, are trumpeting the warning call over fracking. They say the extraction of shale gas in Deutschland will contaminate the water they use to craft their yeasty beverages. Continue reading

Anti-Repression Olympics in Germany?

26 Jan

Protesters from the group Camover in Germany destroy CCTV cameras. The vigilante group wants to see all surveillance cameras removed from public spaces, and are taking matters into their own hands, by taking down as many cameras as possible ahead of February’s European Police Congress.

Game to destroy CCTV cameras: vandalism or valid protest?

[The Guardian] – Activists in Berlin are teaming up to trash surveillance cameras. Points are given, with bonus scores for the most innovative modes of destruction

As a youth in a ski mask marches down a Berlin U-Bahn train, dressed head-to-toe in black, commuters may feel their only protection is the ceiling-mounted CCTV camera nearby. But he is not interested in stealing wallets or iPhones – he is after the camera itself. This is Camover, a new game being played across Berlin, Continue reading

200,000 in Germany protest nuclear power

26 Mar

Anti nuclear demonstrators march in Cologne, western Germany Saturday March 26, 2011 to protest against nuclear power. Poster in front reads: Fukushima warns: Pull the Plug on all Nuclear Power Plants. White banner behind reads : 'Solidarity with the people in Japan'. Some 200,000 people turned out in Germany's largest cities on Saturday to protest against the use of nuclear power in the wake of Japan's Fukushima reactor disaster, police and organizers said. In Berlin alone more than 100,000 took to the capital's streets to urge Germany's leaders to immediately abolish nuclear energy, police spokesman Jens Berger said. Organizers said some 210,000 people marched at the rallies in the countries four largest cities. "We can no longer afford bearing the risk of a nuclear catastrophe," Germany's environmental lobby group BUND said. (AP Photo/dapd/Roberto Pfeil)

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Nuclear Meltdown in Japan; Tens of Thousands Protest Nuke Plants in Germany

13 Mar

Demonstrators in Stuttgart formed a human chain reaching 27 mile for a protest against extending the life of nuclear power plants in Germany. The protest was planned before the current nuclear crisis in Japan but took on new form in light of those events.

Organizers said events in Japan had proved atomic power was an uncontrollable and risky technology.

Nuclear policy is a key issue in German regional elections this year.

About 60,000 people turned out for the protest, according to organizers. Police said the number was in the tens of thousands.

The demonstrators formed a human chain between Stuttgart and the Neckarwestheim nuclear plant, waving yellow flags with the slogan “Nuclear power – no thanks”.