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7,500 form human chain along German-Polish border to protest brown coal mining

‘7,500 people from 27 countries have formed an 8-kilometer human chain across the German-Polish border to protest opencast brown coal mining, which could entail the destruction of villages in both countries.

The line was formed between the villages of Kerkwitz in Germany, and Grabice in Poland on Saturday. Residents of the two communities, home to some 3,000 people, fear they could be resettled to make way for more brown coal mines as a result of investments by a group of energy companies, including Polish giant PGE.

“Future instead of brown coal,” some banners read while several protesters even entered the Neisse river, which divides the two countries, as part of the chain’

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