Environmental groups oppose 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, dressed in colored overalls and braving rain and wind, were also protesting the planned destruction of many cities to make way for the growth of the Garzweiler strip mine, west of Cologne.
An Associated Press reporter observed several protesters break through police lines on ancient Saturday until they had been arrested by officials.
Aachen authorities said they could not immediately offer a number for the number of people who attended the protests, which have been staged at over a dozen different websites around the huge, open-cast mine.
The campaign team Ende Gelaende said about 3,000 people participate in a variety of actions, including the emblematic parade of a shuttered pub in the doomed village of Keyenberg.
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.
In her weekly movie message, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Saturday for sustainable growth, including to face the danger of global warming.
Merkel mentioned Germany’s growth in renewable energy generation as an instance of the steps her nation has taken. She didn’t cite coal mines.