Activists Protest Czech Coal Power Plant

PRUNEROV, Czech Republic, March 23 (UPI) — Environmental protesters were perched Tuesday atop a 900-foot smokestack at a Czech Republic coal-fired power plant scheduled for upgrading.

Under the Greenpeace banner, 12 protesters from seven European countries scaled the stack in Prunerov Monday and vowed to remain there for several days, the CTK news agency reported.

The group erected a sign reading “Global Shame” on the structure to highlight their claims the Czech government’s planned upgrades didn’t address the issue of global warming due to carbon dioxide released by coal plants, the report said.

Greenpeace alleges the Prunerov facility is the largest source of air pollution in the country.

Last week, Environment Minister Jan Dusik, a member of the Green Party, resigned as a result of the controversy surrounding the plant’s upgrades, the report said. He wanted a more modern and technologically advanced upgrade, but was overruled by Prime Minister Jan Fischer, who said there was no time for that.

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