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Protest camp in front of the Chancellery: Climate activists want to block traffic in Berlin


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Berlin (dpa) - With street blockades and other acts of civil disobedience, the environmental group Extinction Rebellion want to draw attention from Monday in Berlin and other major cities around the world on the impending climate catastrophe and species extinction.

Already at the weekend, they set up a protest camp in Berlin in front of the Chancellery, in which people from all over Germany set up. The actions should last at least one week.

Extinction Rebellion (in German about: Rebellion against extinction) originally comes from the UK. According to own data the group exists since last November also in Germany. Among other things, it demands that national governments immediately declare the climate emergency. She understands her protest as non-violent. «We disrupt the daily routine that destroys our livelihoods. We continue the protest until governments respond appropriately. "

In Germany, however, Extinction Rebellion is a relatively small group, according to protest researcher Dieter Rucht. "Extinction rebellion is a bit far-fetched, more illusion than being," said Rucht of the German Press Agency. This is also evident in "full-bodied announcements" on the number of members and the number of national associations. The figures quoted by the group are "not necessarily covered by reality".

The so-called climate camp in front of the Chancellery began work on Sunday. The environmentalists want to hold there for a week, among other things, workshops and working groups. According to a spokeswoman, about 1,000 people slept in the tents in front of the government headquarters from Saturday to Sunday. For Sunday, another 1500 were expected. Overall, the organizers expect for the entire week with several thousand activists in Berlin. According to police, 6000 participants are registered for the meeting until October 13.

Extinction Rebellion also wants to obstruct road traffic on central axes in the capital this Monday - for example at Potsdamer Platz. "We recommend motorists to leave the car," it said on Friday. Among other things, the movement demands that the Federal Government reduce CO2 emissions to zero by 2025.

Other actions will be among others in London, Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, New York, Buenos Aires and in the Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. In Paris, activists seized a mall on Saturday, blocking access for customers and erecting barricades. Early Sunday morning, they released the shopping center «Italie Deux» in the 13th arrondissement. Ordnungskräfte had previously surrounded the building.

From the FDP there is clear criticism of the actions. The planned blockades increased the danger of an escalation, said its parliamentary manager Marco Buschmann the "Passauer new press". "Climate change is a human task that can only be solved by consensus." FDP leader Christian Lindner told the newspaper "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung": "Despite the importance of climate protection, understanding for me when violence is used stops."

Source: zeit

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