“Prison instead of a fine” – Mother will not pay a fine for civil resistance against climate catastrophe

Berlin, June 11.11.2022, 10, 00:XNUMX a.m – Yesterday, November 11.11.2022th, XNUMX, the trial against Sonja Manderbach ended in the Tiergarten district court with a conviction for the sentence demanded by the public prosecutor.

November 07.11.2022th, XNUMX - Sonja at a sit-in on Bornholmer Str. in Berlin. Photo: ©Tenzin Heatherbell @tenzinheatherbell
November 07.11.2022th, XNUMX - Sonja at a sit-in on Bornholmer Str. in Berlin. Photo: © Tenzin Heatherbell @tenzinheatherbell

The education speaker and church musician from Oldenburg has blocked streets several times this year together with many other supporters of the Last Generation and thus opposed the deadly government policy.
The judge sentenced the mother to 40 daily rates of €25 each for her courageous efforts to combat political failure in the climate catastrophe, exceeding the 30 daily rates requested by the public prosecutor.

Already presented in advance Sonja Manderbach clear: "If the court thinks that it is justified to convict me for wanting to give my daughter a future worth living, I will accept it. But under no circumstances will I pay the fine with money. If our constitutional state wants to prevent me from resisting the government's unconstitutional course, it has to lock me up. "

Sonja Manderbach | Photo: (c) Stefan Müller
Sonja Manderbach
Photo: (c) Stefan Müller

In the wake of the World Climate Conference, which is currently taking place in Egypt, warnings and gloomy forecasts from all areas of science are coming thick and fast: If we don't change course immediately, we are heading for a world that is at least 2-3 degrees hotter, in which billions of people are in acute danger There is danger to life.

“In view of this existential threat to billions of human lives from the climate catastrophe, we are all called upon to take a position for or against survival. Courts also have to decide: to lock up and punish or to acquit? By recognizing the climate catastrophe as a justifiable emergency, they can make politicians responsible for adhering to the constitution and protecting the population" explained Aimee von Baalen, speaker of the Last Generation.

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

Aimée von Baalen continues: “The fact that courts can take a courageous position is shown, for example, by the recent acquittal in the case of a tree occupation, in which, according to the ruling, climate protection outweighs breaking the law."

Carla Rochel, speaker of the Last Generation, announces: ”As long as our government does not deviate from its deadly course toward climate catastrophe, we will continue to resist peacefully and resolutely. Fines and prison will not make us accept the wanton destruction of our livelihoods."

Carla Rochel | Photo: (c) Marlene Charlotte Limburg
Carla Rochel
Photo: (c) Marlene Charlotte Limburg

Currently, 17 members of the last generation are still in prison in Munich without a trial following traffic blockades. Detention was ordered until December 2.12.2022, XNUMX following judicial hearings.

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