Environmental activists faced off with police outside the headquarters of the Energy Ministry in Berlin on Friday, during a protest against the use of coal and coal-fired power plants in the country.

Activists protesting the use of coal staged a sit-in outside the energy ministry in the wake of a report published by a government-appointed commission regarding the phase-out of coal-fired power plants.

Police officers forcibly removed activists from the premises of the ministry and cordoned off the area around it. Several arrests were made.

“I came here because the results of the coal commission that just were published the last days are absolutely not in line with any goal to remain under 1.5 degrees,” an activist protesting the commission results said.

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