BERLIN | Protesters in Germany block tracks to disputed coal mine

BERLIN | Protesters in Germany block tracks to disputed coal mine

BERLIN — Protesters on Saturday blocked a railway line leading to a large strip coal mine in western Germany that has become a cause celebre for environmentalists amid plans to clear part of a neighboring forest to expand the facility.

Another group of about 40 people occupied an excavator at the Hambach mine near Cologne, eight of them climbing onto the machine.

Activists aimed to disrupt mining operations at the site run by energy company RWE.

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