Climbed seven signposts on the A100 – judges argue about the criminal liability of resistance

Berlin, October 18.10.2022, 8, 15:XNUMX a.m – Supporters of the last generation climbed seven sign gantries on the A100. Many also attached themselves to the steel beams with superglue. This is intended to cause an even greater disruption to traffic than the typical road blockades that the last generation is known for. At the same time, citizens regularly find themselves in court because of past traffic interruptions.

October 19.10.2022, 100 - Seven sign gantries on the AXNUMX in Berlin are occupied. Photo: David Balzer
October 19.10.2022, 100 - Seven sign gantries on the AXNUMX in Berlin are occupied. Photo: David Balzer

Last Monday, Berlin's Senator for the Interior made a statement Iris Spranger (SPD) on the peaceful resistance of the last generation. “What’s happening here is no longer a game”said the SPD politician to the Interior Committee.

Speaker of the Last Generation, Aimee van Baalen to: “That’s right Ms. Spranger, the climate emergency is not a game. Over 150 deaths in the Ahr Valley are no game. 100.000 heat deaths in Europe are no joke either. These are human lives. That's why we need initial security measures now. As soon as the government finally tackles this courageously and sticks to the Basic Law, we can save everyone the disruption.”

Aimee van Baalen | Photo: (c) Stefan Müller
Aimee van Baalen

The Last Generation calls on the government to implement measures quickly and comprehensively that are commensurate with the climate emergency. As the first safety measures, citizens are demanding a speed limit of 100 km/h on motorways and a permanent €9 ticket.

In the past few days, the police have again tried to encourage supporters of the last generation to leave the road independently using measures such as twisting their wrists. One person suffered a circulatory collapse as a result of the shock and several people had to be treated as outpatients in hospital.

Yesterday, Johann O., a medical student from Berlin, was sentenced to a fine of 600 euros in the Tiergarten district court. Other judges had always expressed understanding in the proceedings of the past few weeks and were rather reluctant to condemn.
Not so yesterday Judge Dr. Last, who at the end of the hearing went into a real angry speech and accused the defendant of “anti-democratic behavior”..
His colleagues see it differently: A judge consistently rejects punishment orders because he classifies the road blockades as assemblies as “essential for the democratic constitutional state”. And in the trial against Henning Jeschke, Judge Gschwendtner described the act as “morally justified”.

John O. explains: "Last winter I suddenly realized that I had to stand up to the deadly system.". He thanked the operations manager who was present at the time for the “measured approach” in clearing the road.

In the coming weeks and months, the judges will have to live up to their constitutional responsibility to clarify how humanity can be protected by the rule of law in the face of climate collapse. This battle for justice will be fought out in hundreds of court cases against the Last Generation. The next one is today at 9:20 a.m. at Wilsnacker Str. 4, 10559 Berlin, in room B145.

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