Carrying colorful banners with slogans that read "Revolution, not pollution," "Climate or coal chancellor?" and "Frack off our land," participants in Saturday's anti-coal march in Bonn criticized the German government's reliance on coal-fired power plants for the country's energy. The former West German capital of Bonn is set to host the two-week climate conference, known as COP23, starting on Monday. Demonstrators also highlighted the irony that this year's conference is being held 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Europe’s biggest source of CO2 emissions: the large open-cast mines near Cologne.
Organizers estimated the number of demonstrators to be around 25,000, whereas police put the number of protesters at 11,000.
Protesters sent a "clear signal" to the German government to boost the pace of climate protection, said Sabine Minninger from the nonprofit organization Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World), one of the NGOs which organized the demonstration.
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