RWE Stockholders Meeting in ESSEN Germany Disrupted
From the very begging of the meeting and commencement speeches the disruptions begun with several protesters jumping on the stage and unfolding banners, followed by others unfolding larger banners and chanting antiCoal and Climate Justice and pro Hambacher Forest Slogans. One protesters lacked himself with soft lockons to the railing close to the podium and was slightly injured when the security tried to forcefully dislodge him, another protester was also injured by sustaining bruises on her leg. Some of the stockholders also attempted to assault the protesters by pulling their glasses and cameras and yelling insults while others insisted that thez be alowed to protest. With over 25 protesters being taken to a holding room under the stage, the atmosphere turned more festive as confetti flew, and no one watched the official livefeed of the speeches provided on a monitor showing close ups of the faces of the speakers only, yet still punctuated with many additional pauses full of consternation as other protests and disruptions raged on and the ranks in the the holding facility continued to swell. All detained in the convention center were eventually released. Another group which succeeded with a climb of, on this day heavily guarded, RWE Tower and a banner drop was detained for several hours and then also released.
This year meeting had very little to celebrate as RWE for the first time in over 60 years suspended its dividend payments to ordinary shareholders, announced its plan to cut 2,000 jobs over the next two years and predicted that its rating will be lowered even further due to their nuclear waste storage remaining from shut down atomic power plants. NO dividend this year will especially affect many cash-strapped local municipalities in north-west Germany with combined stake of around 24 percent in the RWE group which have remained immune to the message of the vibrant DeInvest movement and the global irreversible effects of the coal mining industry on the climate, and general health and welbeing of the global population and the horrendous effects its horrendous effects on biodiversity.
The sinister overtone of the convention were numerous statements by the member of the board that the turmoil facing conventional energy companies could have devastating effects as it leaves to back up capacity to balance rather "shallow and unreliable" renewable energy. Calling it a "horror scenario" a term rather descriptive of climate change and chaos on the brink of which the world finds itself to to action of climate criminals such as RWE, topic obviously missing from the speeches but not the protests, this above mentioned corporate energy apparatus induced paranoia and verbal gymnastics could hint to the possibility of government financed bailout and even more intensive pro fossil fuel subsidies. It remains more important for the Climate Justice Struggle to keep up the pressure through diversity of tactics and protests such as this one.
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