We’ve seen climate activists trying to ramp up the radical nature of their protests hoping to get attention. They’re getting attention, but it’s pretty much all bad, such as when they attack artwork like a Claude Monet painting at Sweden’s National Museum. They united everyone against them.
Germany is a pretty liberal haven and I think it’s fair to say probably a lot of their people buy into a lot of the climate change rhetoric pushed by the left. But even Germans are losing their patience with the climate activists from the “Letze Generation (Last Generation)” group who have taken over the past few months not only to blocking the roads, even gluing themselves to the roads, but even trying to block airplanes from taking off at airports.
They appear to be trying to block off the public’s travel plans, probably thinking this will get them to care about their cause.
ICYMI: Last Generation climate activists caused delays and flight cancellations at two German airports on Thursday after gluing themselves to the ground. pic.twitter.com/f82Fm1feAz— DW News (@dwnews) July 14, 2023
Activists from the group blocked plane traffic at two airports on Thursday by gluing themselves to the runways in protest against mass transit pollution, causing hours of delays and dozens of cancelations.
Hamburg overall delayed, canceled, or diverted 46 flights, German outlet DW reported. The protest occurred as the first day of school summer vacations began in the city.
“The Last Generation isn’t protecting the climate, they’re engaged in criminal activity,” Transport Minister Volker Wissing said.
This follows a similar protest in April, during which the group glued themselves the streets of Berlin to block traffic to the Alps, again looking to disrupt any holiday plans residents and travelers had.
But it’s having the opposite effect and galvanizing people’s anger. German citizens are now just dragging the activists out of the road, including one case where a woman who was dubbed the “brutal blonde” by the media pulled a woman away from blocking cars by her hair. When the woman activist tried to get back into the road, the “brutal blonde” dragged her out again and screamed at her for what she was doing.
Some Germans are now taking matters into their own hands: pic.twitter.com/mI8dghYPon— CR1337 (@cryptonator1337) July 15, 2023
Germans on social media praised the blonde’s actions.
People are posting videos of these encounters, some are driving past them knocking them over in the process. This happened last Wednesday.
Germans taking matters into their own hands, part 2: pic.twitter.com/wvR9LVIg4E— CR1337 (@cryptonator1337) July 15, 2023
No one was injured in the above incident.
This effort of activists to glue themselves to the road didn’t go very well when the first responders were trying to remove them from the road. You can hear one of them screaming and yelling a curse word in German as the firefighter tries to chip him out of the road.
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Not only is all of this guaranteed to disturb people and turn them against these activists, but it’s also just a bad move if you say that you care about climate and emissions that might harm it. By stopping all these cars, you cause more emissions. It’s a ridiculous move.
Additionally, blocking airports may now have earned them even more consequences.
German Justice Minister Marco Buschmann warned that Last Generation activists would face criminal charges and potential civil “claims for damages worth millions” of euros.
He told the newspaper Bild that the activists were alienating people, and that “they also make themselves liable to prosecution. In the worst case, an obstruction on the runway constitutes a dangerous interference with air traffic, punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.”
Looks like the Germans have finally decided that enough is enough.