In Brief: All green on the Spree as anti coal protesters dye the river

Environmental activist group “Extinction Rebellion Berlin” claimed it dyed the river to protest water pollution caused by coal mining.

Photo (c) XR Berlin

 

By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and Monika Müller-Kroll

Parts of the Spree River that flow through the federal government quarter in Berlin turned fluorescent green yesterday morning. 

The environmental activist group “Extinction Rebellion Berlin” claimed it had caused the discoloration.

It tweeted that “activists” used a harmless organic dye to protest water pollution the group blames on coal mining done by an Essen-based power company, RWE, and Cottbus-based conglomerate, LEAG.

Public broadcaster rbb reported that an unknown green liquid was dumped into the river from the Marschall bridge. River police units and firefighters responded to the scene.

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Lufthansa says its job losses could end up being more than twice the previous estimates.

The German airline reports that 22,000, full-time positions are in danger.

Lufthansa is locked in battle with the trade unions over an austerity package the airline wants to impose on its employees to ease the financial losses caused by a dramatic drop in air travel.

Among the items it wants the unions to agree to is for workers to give up holiday bonuses and salary increases and to accept reduced hours at less pay.

Meanwhile, the pilots union has offered to agree to a temporary wage cut of up to 45% to avoid lay-offs.

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Data security experts are warning consumers to be on the lookout for fake coronavirus contact tracing apps that can hack into your personal and banking data. 

A California-based company, “Anomali,” says it found 12 such apps  for Android phones that pose a worldwide threat. It says the fake apps are likely being distributed through other apps, third-party-stores and websites.

Meanwhile, the daily Tagesspiegel reports Berlin’s public prosecutor is investigating 880 cases of fraud related to emergency aid provided to small business owners and the self-employed during the pandemic.

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