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Extinction Rebellion: Climate activists stay overnight on Potsdamer Platz in Berlin


Activists of the Extinction Rebellion continue protesting. In Berlin, demonstrators blocked two traffic junctions at night.

Activists of the group Extinction Rebellion continued their protests in Berlin. More than 150 participants stayed until late at night on Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, after the police had broken off an eviction. Dozens slept in sleeping bags under the Victory Column to block traffic there for the second day in a row.

There was no information about the exact nature of the planned protests for Tuesday - they should take place again relatively spontaneously. According to police, the situation in the capital has been calm during the night. "They have to sleep, they want to continue tomorrow," said a spokesman for the authorities.

In Australia, hundreds of people demonstrated in Brisbane and Melbourne this Tuesday. There, the protesters are trying to persuade the Australian government to use the climate emergency and to call for more urgent action against climate change. In pursuit of their goals, participants in Brisbane chained themselves to intersections.

In Berlin, around 3,000 demonstrators had blocked roads on the Victory Column and Potsdamer Platz in Berlin on Monday. At the beginning of the demonstration week of Extinction Rebellion, the effects of street blockades in Berlin, where schools are currently on a fall break, remained manageable.

First, the police had let the activists and activists. In the early evening, however, the officials began to clear the rally on Potsdamer Platz. A spokeswoman for Extinction Rebellion praised the behavior of the police as "extremely positive". Later, the police broke off the eviction, as the traffic control center Berlin announced. The institution belongs to the Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection. The police did not comment. Climate activists said, "Our rebellion has just begun."

There have been actions of Extinction Rebellion in several major cities worldwide. In some Australian cities demonstrators were arrested on the second day. On Monday, nearly 200 activists were arrested in blockades in London and Amsterdam. Extinction Rebellion (in German about: Rebellion against extinction) originally comes from the UK.

Source: zeit

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