Four activists remain on crane at occupied Berlin power station

Four environmental activists remained on a crane on the grounds of a coal-fired power station in Berlin on Sunday, a day after it was occupied by 20 people protesting for clean energy.

All the other activists left the site at the Berlin district of Moabit, a police spokesperson said, adding that the protesters’ details had been taken for trespassing charges.

On Saturday, activists occupied the Berlin power station and another in Mannheim as part of a campaign to encourage the government to transition away from coal faster than is currently planned.

The activists, who are part of the Direct Action Berlin group, called for an end to what they described as “fossil capitalism.”

A spokesperson for Vattenfall, the Swedish company that runs the plant, had said on Saturday the company was not interested in moving the activists on and that the plant was not currently operational due to maintenance work.

The power station in Moabit, built in 1900, processes coal and started to process biomass in 2013.

Germany plans to gradually shut down its coal industry by 2038 at the latest, in a push towards cleaning up Europe’s largest economy as part of the government’s efforts to combat climate change.

But the country remains heavily reliant on coal, which accounts for around a third of its energy needs.

The activists said 2038 was too late, and an insult to all those who continue to fight for climate justice.

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