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Climate protesters leave German coal mine

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Hundreds of climate activists have ended their protest inside one of Germany’s biggest open-pit mines after police repeatedly ordered them to leave and authorities pulled some protesters out.

The Garzweiler lignite coal mine has been the focus of environmental protests in Germany’s Rhineland region since Friday. The protests started after European Union leaders failed to agree on how to make the EU carbon neutral by 2050.

On Saturday, some demonstrators blocked railroad tracks used to transport coal before others broke through a police cordon to enter the mine. Authorities ordered them out, saying the mine was dangerous.

Protesters and police inside the mine accused each other of hostile behavior and causing injuries. Police said eight officers had been injured in scuffles with protesters. German news agency dpa reported that activists claimed police denied water and food to those who were temporarily detained.

Police denied the allegation.