Road blockades on the day the Berlin Wall fell - solidarity more important than ever during the climate catastrophe

Berlin, June 9.11.2022, 15, 30:XNUMX a.m – Today, on the day the Wall fell, supporters of the last generation are once again blocking traffic in downtown Berlin and on the highway. Earlier in the morning, two young women climbed the Brandenburg Gate and carried the protest across the roofs of the city. It is the last day before the negotiations to which the Last Generation has invited the federal government.  While 18 citizens are still in prison in Munich for their peaceful democratic protest, last generation supporters continue to resolutely demand a change of course by the government and initial security measures in the climate emergency.

Today stands for solidarity, standing up against injustice and the courage to change. And especially today, in the face of the worsening climate catastrophe that threatens our entire civilization, solidarity is more important than ever. 

Eileen Krausse is a pastor at the hospital and mother of a 13-year-old daughter. She appeals to her fellow citizens, for whom she is sitting on the street today: “We finally have to speak plainly now. Over a hundred dead in the Ahr Valley, more than a thousand in the flood disaster in Pakistan, forests and crops burning all over the world, dry rivers - the climate is tipping and the window of opportunity to take action is rapidly closing. No matter how hard the government tries to ignore it, no matter how many people they lock up, reality will catch up with us in the end. Let's act together before it's too late. It's about our survival."

November 09.11.2022th, XNUMX - Passer-by gives flowers to Last Generation supporters sitting on the street as a sign of support.
November 09.11.2022th, XNUMX - Passer-by gives flowers to Last Generation supporters sitting on the street as a sign of support.

As the climate catastrophe approaches mercilessly, the warnings from science, which have been consistently ignored by politicians for decades, are becoming louder and more urgent. Nevertheless, it remains German government falls far short of its goals, which are already too low.

Just yesterday, the Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, said that one should “stay in conversation with the young people to dissuade them from their actions".

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

Aimee van Baalen, speaker of the Last Generation, replies: “We don't enjoy disrupting everyday life, we'd like to stop doing it. On Thursday, November 10.11th, we cordially invite the federal government to help us end our road blockades. 
This will not be achieved through threats and prison sentences, but it will be achieved through an honest willingness to talk about security measures in the event of a climate emergency and thus adequate protection for this and future generations
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