Climate protection groups from the group “Uprising of the last generation” continued their protests for a rapid energy transition in Berlin on Thursday. In the morning they blocked the crossing at Frankfurter Tor in Friedrichshain. In doing so, they blocked the way for car traffic on Frankfurter Allee and Karl-Marx-Allee as the central axis in the eastern center of the capital. According to their own statements, they stuck themselves to the asphalt with superglue.
“Frankfurter Tor blocked in all directions,” announced the radical activists on Twitter. “The civil resistance against the government failure in the climate emergency is in the heart of Berlin today.” Addressing Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz, they added: “You took office as climate chancellor – speak your mind against new North Sea oil!”
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The protest is directed against possible new oil drilling in the North Sea. For this reason, the group had already smeared the facade of the Chancellery with black paint on Wednesday.
The group referred to a Tagesspiegel interview with Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner from March. In it, the FDP politician questioned the coalition agreement not to issue “new permits for oil and gas drilling” in the North and Baltic Seas.
“Due to the development of world market prices, this seems to be becoming more economical,” said Lindner in view of the Russian attack on Ukraine. “In view of the changed geopolitical background, I think it is advisable to examine our country’s entire energy strategy without any restrictions.”
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The Ministry of Economics, led by the Green Robert Habeck, was also open to an examination. “We are examining whether and under what conditions an increase in oil and gas production in Germany is possible in the short term,” Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, Oliver Krischer, told the Tagesspiegel at the time.
The “Last Generation” had announced actions for the whole week. As with previous protests, the group blocked around ten exits from the A100 city highway on Monday and Tuesday. Some of the demonstrators stuck to the streets.