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Anti-coal protesters march in Germany before climate meet

Sandeep Sen

Anti-coal demonstrators gather near the surface mining Hambach, near Kerpen, Germany, Sunday, November 5, 2017 one day ahead of the opening of the UN Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany. Photo: AP
Anti-coal demonstrators gather near the surface mining Hambach, near Kerpen, Germany, Sunday, November 5, 2017 one day ahead of the opening of the UN Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany. Photo: AP

Anti-coal protesters march in Germany before climate meet

BERLIN: More than 2,500 anti-coal demonstrators protested in the western German town of Kerpen and at a nearby surface-mining site before an upcoming global climate conference in Bonn.

The dpa news agency reported Sunday that a large group of the initial protesters split off to march on the mining site behind a banner reading “We Are Nature Defending Itself.”

Riot police scuffled with some of the demonstrators but there were no major incidents reported.

German leader Angela Merkel has been dubbed the “Climate Chancellor” for her ambitious targets for renewable energy, but Germany still gets about 40 percent of its electricity from coal-fired plants.

Before the 2017 UN Climate Conference that begins Monday, many protesters have been urging her to move faster to wean the country off coal.

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