Climate activists to block European cities for the week

(EurActiv, 8 Oct 2019) Protests by climate activists took place in 60 cities around the world on Monday (7 October). The Extinction Rebellion movement has announced its intention to block Berlin for a week as it wants to urge politicians to do more to protect the climate. EURACTIV Germany reports.

In Berlin, around 1,000 people blocked all access roads to the Siegessäule (Victory Column) in the morning and built a wooden ark there. The speaker was the captain of Sea Watch III, Carola Rackete, who is part of the movement.

Around noon, the Berlin police sent another squad of emergency forces and considered clearing the crossroads, but they did not have to do so. Berlin’s interior senator had previously announced that the protesters would first be allowed to go ahead and that protests should be dealt “with a sense of proportion”.

The Extinction Rebellion, which originated in the UK, announced protests to take place in 60 cities worldwide. Indeed, public places were occupied in France, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, Sweden, UK. Demonstrations also took place in New York, Buenos Aires and Australia.

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In Germany, Berlin is to be blocked day and night for a whole week, according to the group’s announcement.

“We are disturbing the daily routine, which is destroying our livelihoods. We will continue to protest until governments respond appropriately,” the group said.

For several days now, supporters of the movement have been camping near the Chancellery, where a so-called ‘climate camp’ with workshops and lectures took place during the weekend.

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EurActiv, 8 Oct 2019: Climate activists to block European cities for the week