Several hundred environmentalists, some of them Belgian, stormed a lignite mine in Germany this weekend, bringing it to a standstill. According to German media, the protestors broke into the site of the Garzweiler lignite mine in the Erkelenz area and shut down several huge bucket-wheel excavators. The police used pepper spray to control the crowd. A number of the protestors were arrested but later discharged. The activists are calling for an end to coal-mining, responsible for large CO2 emissions and pollution leading to acid rain. Several Belgian members of the Vredesactie group were among the protestors.