Before a possible evacuation of the occupied town of Lützerath in the Rhenish lignite mining area, the activists gather on site. A lot of people came on Saturday. Shuttle buses brought them to the rough terrain from nearby train stations. Several new tents were set up in a camp in a field in the neighboring district of Keyenberg.
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Climate activist Luisa Neubauer is expected in Lützerath this Sunday. She called on supporters to come as well.
The energy company RWE wants to demolish Lützerath in order to mine the coal underneath. Activists living in the hamlet, abandoned by the former residents, have announced opposition.
The black-green NRW state government wants to have the village cleared by the police - possibly in a few days. The preparations are already underway. The state government points out that in return the phase-out of coal has been brought forward by eight years to 2030.
After an urgent decision by the administrative court in Aachen on the legality of a ban on climate activists staying in Lützerath, it is now up to the higher administrative court for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. A complaint against the decision from Aachen was received by the OVG in Münster on Thursday evening, said a spokeswoman. On Friday afternoon, the lawyer then gave the necessary justification. The OVG will not decide on the complaint before Monday (January 9), said spokeswoman Gudrun Dahme. In urgent matters, the Higher Administrative Court does not make a general decision on the matter, but only on the reasons for the rejection in the lower court.
The OVG explains that the complaint lodged against the decision from Aachen has no suspensive effect. The ban on residence and the decision of the administrative court should therefore be followed. On Thursday, the administrative court classified the residence ban imposed by the Heinsberg district as “probably lawful” and rejected the climate activists’ urgent application.
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