Prominent help for protesters: Gregor Gysi represents climate activists in court

Gregor Gysi is not only one of the most prominent faces of the Left Party, but also a renowned lawyer.

Prominent help for protesters: Gregor Gysi represents climate activists in court

Gregor Gysi is not only one of the most prominent faces of the Left Party, but also a renowned lawyer. Now he will represent a "last generation" climate activist in a trial. The 24-year-old is accused of coercion, resistance to police officers and trespassing.

A climate protection demonstrator and alleged road blocker can now hope for prominent help in court in Berlin. The 24-year-old defendant will be represented by well-known left-wing politician Gregor Gysi as defense counsel at his trial before the Tiergarten district court on Wednesday. This was confirmed by Gysi's law firm and the court on Tuesday.

The law firm said on request: "An activist and other activists from the climate protection initiative visited Dr. Gysi for a longer conversation in the Bundestag. They reached his agreement to defend an accused person."

The 24-year-old man is said to have participated in three street blockades by the group "Last Generation" in January and March in Berlin, according to the public prosecutor. In one of the cases he is said to have glued himself to the road. He is also said to have taken part in a demonstration in an anteroom of the Federal Ministry of Justice in February. The allegations are coercion, resistance to police officers and trespassing. According to the court, five penal orders have already been issued against the man, against which he has appealed.

An indictment against another 24-year-old demonstrator for the allegation of blockades will also be heard on Wednesday (9.15 a.m.) before the district court. Gysi initially has nothing to do with the negotiation.

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