10 Jan '18, 1pm

Germans outraged as historic church makes way for coal mine.

FRANKFURT (AFP) - The demolition of a historic German church to clear the way for the expansion of an open-cast mine this week has outraged locals and environmentalists, as politicians moot giving up their own clean energy targets. Built in large part by local people and consecrated in 1891, St Lambertus church in Immerath, North Rhine-Westphalia state, was ripped down by diggers' hydraulic arms on Monday and Tuesday (Jan 9), leaving a heap of rubble where the neo-Roman nave and twin towers once stood. Police brought in reinforcements Monday to manage a crowd of protesters who held up the demolition for five hours, local newspaper Rheinische Post reported. "Those who destroy culture destroy people too," a banner held up by Greenpeace demonstrators read. Immerath and its church have been doomed since 2013, when Germany's constitutional court found that there was an overwhel...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/germans-outraged...

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