Berlin (dpa) - The environmental activists of Extinction Rebellion continue their actions: In Australia protested in Brisbane and Melbourne, among others several hundred people.
In Berlin, dozens of activists slept in sleeping bags under the Victory Column to block traffic there for the second day in a row. More than 150 participants remained at Potsdamer Platz until late at night, after the police had canceled an eviction. There was no information about the exact nature of the protests planned for today - they should again take place relatively spontaneously.
The situation in the capital had been quiet during the night, said a spokesman for the police in the early morning, and added: «They have to sleep, they want to continue tomorrow.»
Last Monday, around 3,000 demonstrators blocked roads on the Victory Column and Potsdamer Platz in Berlin to protest for more climate protection. At the beginning of the demonstration week, the effects of the street blockades in Berlin, where the schools currently have autumn holidays, remained manageable.
First, the police had let the activists. In the early evening, however, the officials began to clear the rally on Potsdamer Platz. A spokeswoman for Extinction Rebellion praised police behavior 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. Activists were arrested in several Australian cities 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.
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