Environmentalists object to the German government’s decision to permit the mining and burning of coal from the nation before 2038, a deadline that the activist’s state is too late to effectively manage climate change.
Activists will also be protesting the planned destruction of many cities to make way for its growth of their Garzweiler strip mine, west of Cologne.
Authorities and utility company RWE said some protesters broke into the mine and coal firing centers early Saturday.
The Garzweiler mine and neighboring power plants are a focal point of protests for many decades. Environmentalists say that they are one of the largest sources of damaging pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in Europe.