Protest threats lead to tighter security at Berlin coal conference

Protest threats have seen organisers ramp up security at one of the world's largest coal industry summits, being held in Berlin on Monday, October 21.

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Climate change activists plan to protest outside Coaltrans Berlin – a gathering of thermal and coking coal consumers, traders and producers – on Monday, according to comments on the internet.

Protesters from European youth climate movement, Push Europe, posted on twitter and on their own website that they were calling for a move to 100% renewable energy as part of Reclaim Power – a month of global action on energy consumption.

Extra security and police have been drafted in to manage any disruption at the event.

Delegates were warned by organisers that protesters may attempt to disrupt a reception on Monday evening.

The event has attracted more than 1,000 coal industry participants from both the metallurgical and steam coal sectors of the market.

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