Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - North Rhine-Westphalia's Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) is planning a large-scale operation to clear Lützerath, which is occupied by climate activists, at the Garzweiler opencast mine. The police there "can't proceed in slices with individual operations," said Reul on Thursday in the Düsseldorf state parliament. That doesn't solve the problem.
Reul said: "It all takes a while, nobody rushes it. It has to be done thoroughly." People's lives are not put at risk.
Aachen's chief of police recently ruled out an operation this year. In the houses of Lützerath, whose former residents have moved away, there are activists who want to "fight" for the place. At the beginning of October, the Green-led economics ministries in the federal government and North Rhine-Westphalia agreed with the energy company RWE to phase out coal in the Rhenish Revier by 2030. Five largely abandoned villages at the open-pit mine remain, but Lützerath is to be dredged for coal extraction.