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Sand in the gears: hundreds block access to the International Motor Show


The alliance sand in the transmission protests according to own data before two entrances to the IAA for more climate protection. According to the fair, the visitors are redirected to the car show.

The protest against the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt continues: As the action alliance sand in the transmission announced on Sunday morning, activists and activists block two entrances to the exhibition center. At the entrance "Portalhaus" in the west of the area you block the shuttle buses that should bring car drivers from the parking garage to the fair. Also the main entrance is blocked.

This blocked visitors to both places from accessing the car show. A third group orbits the area with bicycles.

The #IAA welcomes #SandImGetriebs @Jue_Baumeister

- Sand in the transmission (@Sand_imGetriebe) September 15, 2019

An IAA spokesman confirmed the errors. "It's all peaceful, the streams of visitors are diverted," he said. On Twitter, the fair announces that the City entrance is currently shut down, but two other entrances remain. The Frankfurt police did not yet comment on details, but tweeted: "At points in Frankfurt groups of people have gathered, which we accompany on their way." Visitors could reach the IAA. Photos shared by the Alliance for Action are shown by activists close to the fair.

"I stand in front of one of the blockades at the main entrance, here no one comes in," said Sand-in-transmission spokeswoman Tina Velo on the phone to ZEIT ONLINE, in the background was to hear cheers. During the day could still "one or the other action happen," said Velo. About the S-Bahn entrances but the fair is still to reach. "We will not block that, that would be absurd."

The actions put sand in gear "a clear signal against the destructive transport system, for the world's largest auto show is still standing," said Marie Klee, a spokeswoman for the Alliance, according to the announcement. The blockade is intended to show that "we can no longer be held back with empty promises, but prefer to take the transition to climate-friendly traffic into our own hands."

"Until you can not ignore us anymore"

The action alliance sand in the transmission calls car-free cities, free ÖPNV as well as a massive expansion of bicycle infrastructure. In its action consensus, the Alliance declares that it sees itself in the tradition of peaceful civil disobedience. No one should be endangered or injured in the actions and no material infrastructure should be damaged. They want to increase the pressure on those responsible "until they can not ignore us anymore".

As early as Saturday, police said 15,000 people had demanded a rapid change in traffic and more climate protection at a rally outside the exhibition center. The organizers put the number of participants at 25,000. The protesters demanded priority for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, a strong expansion of bus and rail as well as climate-neutral traffic until 2035.

Also on Saturday, the IAA 2019 had been opened to the public. According to the outgoing president of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), Bernhard Mattes, around 60,000 visitors came to the fair that day. The IAA lasts until 22 September.

Source: zeit

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