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Climate activists rally, seek to occupy coal mine in Germany

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Health Desk-22 June, 2019: Tens of thousands of climate activists noisily rallied in Germany Friday to demand action against global warming, now one of the hottest issues on the European political agenda, reports AFP.

While several thousand anti-coal activists tried to reach and occupy a massive open-cast lignite mine, elsewhere the “Fridays for Future” student movement staged their biggest international rally so far.

Up to 20,000 young activists from 17 countries flocked to Aachen near the Dutch and Belgian borders for a huge show of force of the school-strike movement launched by Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg.

“Climate justice without borders,” read one banner at the head of the colourful and festive “F4F” rally. Another demanded: “Raise your voice, not the sea level.”

However, many EG protesters were temporarily stuck when police shuttered the train station at Viersen near their tent city protest camp to stop them from reaching the mine some 20 kilometres (12 miles) away.