Thousands of climate protection campaigners formed a 'Red Line' human chain near Manheim, western Germany, on Saturday, to protest against brown coal extraction at the nearby Garzweiler and Tagebau Hambach open-pit mines. Activists, dressed in red clothes and holding banners and signs, stood along the old A4-route, forming a one kilometre (0.62 mile) chain and chanting «Keep it in the ground... Еще!» Activists formed a red line against energy company RWE at the opencast mine in Hambach with the message: «Up to here and not further,» rejecting further expansion of the mine and coal production. The action was held without any incidents. Alongside climate protection activists and local residents, a number of German politicians from various parties took part in the event to protest the climate policy of the federal government. Among those in attendance was chairperson of the leftist Die Linke party Katja Kipping. On Friday, Ende Gelaende 'Here and no further' activists managed to block the Nord-Sued-Kohlenbahn railway tracks at several locations, interrupting the delivery of coal from the open-cast Garzweiler mine to nearby power stations. German police managed to finally clear the way by Friday night, pulling away the last of the activists, who had been sitting on the tracks for several hours. Last February over 1,000 people took part in the Red-Line-Action in the Hambach forest, protesting against deforestation and climate change.