18 year old student locked up in Munich – what are you going to do?

The 18-year-old student Maria Braun is in custody in Munich.

Munich, September 8.11.2022th, 09, 50:XNUMX p.m – Once again, last generation supporters were jailed for their peaceful protest without a main trial. Among them was the 18-year-old student Mary Brown. Until November 14.11th She should now remain locked up in Stadelheim. 

Locking up the student is emblematic of how the government is dealing with the climate emergency. The depth of the crisis is still completely underestimated, but instead of taking the fire alarm of the warning voices seriously, they are locked away, as happened recently with 13 scientists. At the same time, the climate catastrophe is escalating for everyone to see and getting worse, the warnings from science and the UN are becoming more and more desperate, and the facts are becoming more and more oppressive. The question addressed to anyone who understands how close we are to a death spiral of tipping points is: “What will you do?"

The fact that more and more groups and individuals are expressing their solidarity with the last generation and calling for the release of the imprisoned people is encouraging. Aimee van BaalenHowever, Last Generation spokesperson emphasizes: ”What people in prison really need right now are not words of encouragement and well-intentioned encouragement. We will not be able to get the government to take action. This does not help the people who are already becoming victims of the climate catastrophe. We finally have to take action. Let’s take the courage and hope of the incarcerated people further out and take their places on the streets!”

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

Mary Brown, student, 18 years old, about her situation: ”I am not prepared to continue to watch my generation being led into hunger, suffering and death. If the government punishes my peaceful resistance with tiled cell walls, that cannot deter me. Considering the future that awaits us, the interior of Stadelheim seems like the better option."

Maria Braun (18)
Photo: (c) Marlene Charlotte Limburg

If you look at the warnings from scientists in recent years, you can see that the current course of at least 2-3 degrees of global warming will have catastrophic consequences for the continued existence of our civilization. UN Secretary General António Guterres finds clear words at the World Climate Conference in Egypt: “We are fighting the fight of our lives – and we are losing.”

Unless the government finds convincing answers to these questions, resistance from a generation facing annihilation can only intensify. Recently there have been several occupations of universities and schools. More have already been announced. 

The Last Generation was and is always ready to talk about answers to these questions. She invites the federal government - Olaf Scholz, Christian Lindner, Robert Habeck - and in particular Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing to a conversation on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 10.00 a.m. in Berlin

Negotiations must be made about the initial safety measures in the event of a disaster - 100km/h on the motorway and a €9 ticket on local transport - and the associated end to the protests. 

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