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Climate activists glue themselves to roads across Berlin

Published : 19 Sep 2023, 01:16

  DF News Desk
An activist stuck his hand with glue on the street. Climate activists of the Last Generation blocked traffic in Berlin on Monday with protest actions. Photo: Hannes P Albert/dpa.

Members of the Last Generation climate group began blocking traffic in several parts of Berlin on Monday, kicking off a new wave of open-ended protests to call for an end to fossil fuels, reported dpa.

As of Monday morning, rush-hour traffic was disrupted in 21 different locations, police said. Bus services were also affected.

Last Generation said there were at least 23 sit-ins across the German capital, saying motorway exits and roads leading into Berlin were also affected.

In some areas, activists had glued themselves to the tarmac, police said, in what has been a typical strategy for the group in the past. Police said that some had used a particularly strong glue mixture making it more difficult to free them.

Up to 500 officers have been deployed to deal with the blockades.

Last Generation, which have been organizing climate protests since spring 2022, had announced a new wave of open-ended actions on September 8.

The group's demands include an end to fossil fuel use by 2030. Currently the government in Berlin plans for the German economy to become climate neutral by 2045.

On Sunday, members of the group sprayed orange paint on all six columns of Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate, drawing fierce criticism.

Fourteen people were arrested, with six still in detention as of Sunday evening, according to police.