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Germany: Police arrest over 100 people at anti-coal protest

  • Activists of the environmental groups Robin Wood and ' Ende Gelaende'   ( It's finished now) hang at a bridge to block the railway tracks near the Vattenfall power plant  in Schwarze Pumpe , eastern Germany, Sunday May 15, 2016. Poster reads"  It's finished now - Stop using coal" . Police say they have arrested more than 100 people taking part in a demonstration against a coal mining in eastern Germany. Cottbus police say the protesters were among about 300 people who had forced their way onto the site of the Schwarze Pumpe coal-fired power plant late Saturday.   ( Patrick Pleul/dpa via AP)

    Activists of the environmental groups Robin Wood and ' Ende Gelaende' ( It's finished now) hang at a bridge to block the railway tracks near the Vattenfall power plant in Schwarze Pumpe , eastern Germany, Sunday May 15, 2016. Poster reads" It's finished now - Stop using coal" . Police say they have arrested more than 100 people taking part in a demonstration against a coal mining in eastern Germany. Cottbus police say the protesters were among about 300 people who had forced their way onto the site of the Schwarze Pumpe coal-fired power plant late Saturday. ( Patrick Pleul/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Environmental activists block the railway tracks near the Vattenfall power plant in Schwarze Pumpe, eastern Germany Sunday May 15, 2016.  Banner reads 'Switch off coal power plants' .  Police say they have arrested more than 100 people taking part in a demonstration against a coal mining in eastern Germany. Cottbus police say the protesters were among about 300 people who had forced their way onto the site of the Schwarze Pumpe coal-fired power plant late Saturday. ( Patrick Pleul/dpa via AP)

    Environmental activists block the railway tracks near the Vattenfall power plant in Schwarze Pumpe, eastern Germany Sunday May 15, 2016. Banner reads 'Switch off coal power plants' . Police say they have arrested more than 100 people taking part in a demonstration against a coal mining in eastern Germany. Cottbus police say the protesters were among about 300 people who had forced their way onto the site of the Schwarze Pumpe coal-fired power plant late Saturday. ( Patrick Pleul/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

German police say they have arrested more than 100 people demonstrating against a coal mining in eastern Germany.

Cottbus police say the protesters were among about 300 people who had forced their way onto the site of the Schwarze Pumpe coal-fired power plant late Saturday. Two protesters were injured during the police operation, which was continuing Sunday.

The protest was organized by the groups Klimatecamp (Climate Camp) and EndeGelaende, which loosely translates as "it's finished now." Their goal is to prevent the mining and use of coal, which is considered a major source of carbon emissions that are contributing to climate change.

The German news agency dpa quoted the plant operator, the Swedish company Vattenfall, as saying the protest is preventing supplies from reaching the power station.