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Germany: Thousands of anti-coal protesters celebrate Court's decision to temporarily halt RWE's opencast mine plans in Hambach forest

Author: Agence France-Presse, The Guardian, Published on: 8 October 2018

« Thousands of anti-coal protesters celebrate German forest's reprieve », 6 October 2018

Thousands of anti-coal demonstrators descended on Germany’s Hambach forest on Saturday to celebrate an unexpected court victory that suspended an energy company’s planned razing of the woodland to expand a giant opencast mine. The ancient forest near Cologne has been occupied by activists for the past six years and has become a symbol of resistance against coal energy in Germany, a country that despite its green reputation remains heavily reliant on this dirty fossil fuel...[A] court in Münster said it needed more time to consider an environmental complaint against RWE’s upcoming clearing operations.  RWE said on Friday it believed a final judgment in the court case could take until late 2020, which sent its share price plunging – news that was greeted with loud applause at the demo. Buoyed by the court’s temporary reprieve, demonstrators said they were hopeful Hambach forest could be saved. “I have faith. So much can happen in two years’ time. They’ll have no choice but to keep the forest,” said 43-year-old teacher, Julia.

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