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Clarification: Greens: We do not ask for a general ban on balloons


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Hannover (dpa) - The Greens in Lower Saxony advocate a waiver of the rising of gas-filled balloons. At the same time, party leader Anne Kura clarified that she did not demand a fundamental ban.

«We do not demand a general ban on balloons. Balloons on children's birthday parties in the living room are completely okay and are fun, "said Kura on Thursday the German Press Agency in Hannover.

"The point is that when you let gas-filled balloons fly, they definitely end up in nature and then eaten by birds who end up suffering painfully," says Kura. Other parties accused the Greens of a ban policy. Earlier, the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung" reported.

Kura explained that she welcomed a decision from neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia, where the city of Gütersloh decided at the beginning of September to refrain from using gas-filled balloons in urban events in the future. "In my opinion, this is a worthwhile initiative," Kura said. It is primarily about raising awareness.

The Gütersloh resolution also stipulates that authorizations to relinquish public land are to include a condition prohibiting balloon ascents. In individual cases, which are based on higher-ranking law, such as demonstrations, but the rise of balloons can not be prevented, they say.

"There are many in the Netherlands," said Kura. "As a result, there has been a growing awareness that using a balloon in principle, you can litter waste into nature."

The FDP faction vice in the Bundestag, Michael Theurer, however, spoke of a "ban on prohibition" of the Greens and an "eco-radicalization" of the party. "If the state intervenes so dirigistically, so authoritatively, above all, even so small-scale in the individual life plans of the people, one does not end up wondering if one wakes up in an ecodicture," said Theurer.

The CDU Niedersachsen wrote on Twitter about the Greens as a party that "took away all balloons from all the children in the country". The Braunschweig CDU Bundestag delegate Carsten Müller called the demand to ban the rise of balloons, "a new chapter in the book of green prohibition policy". He also referred to the online shop of the Greens: "For 15 cents the piece here are still green balloons available," said Müller.

Greens state governor Kura said that the Lower Saxony state association had agreed to let rise at their own events no more balloons: «I personally will not let more balloons and we are trying to find alternative ways for the street campaign.»

Resolution Gütersloh

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Balloon in the online shop of the Greens

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