German police plan to continue the clearing of the mining village of Lützerath in western Germany on Sunday after a quiet night.
The tiny village – long abandoned by its residents – is occupied by a small number of activists who have remained opposed to the expansion of lignite mining in the area by the energy company RWE.
Police, who began clearing the site on Wednesday, were on regular patrols. Firefighters were checking a ventilation device in a tunnel where two activists are said to be holding out.
“During the course of the day [the clearing operation] it will continue,” a spokesperson said. “Some trees are still being reviewed.”
According to the police, only a few activists remain in Lützerath. According to an activist on the ground, around 20 people are still there.
Much of the site was illuminated early in the morning, DPA reporters said. Excavators entered the site to demolish other buildings.
On Saturday, many thousands of people demonstrated against the eviction and demolition of Lützerath in the nearby village of Keyenberg, including Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
On the sidelines of the demonstration there were clashes between protesters and police.
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