Twelve Greenpeace activists in custody

Seven women and five men were put in jail because of protesting coal mining in Slovakia.

Ria Gehrerová
Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
Source: Denník N
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Why this story matters:

Like in many other European countries, protests over coal mining were held in Slovakia this week. The outcome, however, was noteworthy. The activists who climbed on top of a mining tower and put up a sign saying "Stop the age of coal" were arrested and detained.

Greenpeace believes the court who gave the ruling is biased because the wife of the prosecutor works for the mining company where protests took place.

They call for moving the case to another regional court.

The mine owners say activists endangered miners because the tower they climbed overlooked the entrance of the mine. 

Many politicians, including Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, have also declared that the activists should be released.

Details from the story:

  • Areas of Slovakia with coal mines have poor air quality, leading many citizens to protest against the use of coal.
  • The court who ruled in favor of detaining the activists stated that they would pursue their activities if released.
  • Greenpeace Slovakia spoke out against the arrests, and is trying to negotiate with the authorities
  • The twelve activists are from Slovakia, Czechia, Belgium and Finland. They are accused of "damaging and threatening the operation of a generally beneficial device in the form of complicity”.

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