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Climate activists dump tons of coal in Sweden

Climate activists dump tons of coal in Sweden

Climate activists dumped 18 tons of coal in front of the Swedish government's headquarters Wednesday to protest the use of coal-fired power plants in the European Union.
The Greenpeace activists say they want the government to stop Sweden's state-owned utility Vattenfall from investing in coal power. The company runs several coal-fired plants in Germany.
Sweden also holds the EU's rotating presidency.
Greenpeace spokesman Anders Hellberg said Wednesday the group purchased the coal in Profen, Germany, and trucked it to Stockholm.
Police let the protesters picket outside the government office, while cleanup crews started removing the coal. It was not immediately clear whether the activists would face any charges.
In Poland, Greenpeace activists also placed a high banner on a gantry at the coal transit station in Malaszewice, near the eastern border town of Terespol. Several activists occupied the gantry to protest the use of coal for energy generation. The banner read "Coal is the past. Time for climate solidarity."


Updated : 2021-04-11 22:12 GMT+08:00