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"We will never stop": Thunberg encourages climate protests in Berlin

2019-07-19T13:05:19.878Z

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Berlin (AP) - The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has encouraged fellow campaigners in Berlin to continue to protest for climate protection. "We'll never stop," the 16-year-old said in her speech at a Friday's for Future rally.

It gave her hope that so many people took to the streets for the climate. "I will never give up."

Thunberg came to Berlin for the second time for a climate protest. She spoke for several minutes to the students and environmental activists who loudly applauded her. Thunberg thanked the organizers of the climate movement in this country: "This movement in Germany has really made history."

For months, students and students around the world have been demonstrating on Fridays to raise awareness of climate change. The movement goes back to a protest action Thunberg in Sweden.

According to organizers, it attracted between 3,000 and 4,000 participants on the summer holiday day to the rally in Invalidenpark. The police did not name a number. Also pupils and activists came outside of Berlin. Among them were, for example, students from Brandenburg and young people from Austria. Even parents came with their children. There were choruses and posters read: "There is no Planet B" or "Generation: Strike".

Thunberg was accompanied by German climate activist Luisa Neubauer, who emphasized in her speech: "Of course we will not give up, but continue." The protesters would crowd in "every crack of encrusted structures".

The day before, the Climate Cabinet met in Berlin for the third time. It is negotiating a comprehensive package to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in Germany more quickly and achieve climate protection targets - so far without any decisions.

Christian Thomsen, President of the Technical University of Berlin, also stepped up to the rally stage and said: "The Fridays for Future Movement is right, it is important and it is important for our future. Hold on, carry on. "He judged the meeting of the Climate Cabinet the day before without decisions not as a disappointment, but:" It's a step in the right direction, "he said on dpa request.

The rally went according to previous police knowledge without incident. Afterwards, the organizers called on the participants to participate in a subsequent climate strike in Luckenwalde, Brandenburg. Also in other German cities was again strikes. According to the police, about three thousand Freiburg Fridays for Future campaigns were attended by about 7500 people.

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