When Chancellor Scholz made an appearance, climate activists disrupted his speech. Scholz does not leave the attempted storm on the stage uncommented. The activists see in his words an inappropriate comparison to the Nazi regime.
Climate activist Luisa Neubauer has accused Chancellor Olaf Scholz of comparing "climate activists with Nazis". In doing so, he put the Nazi regime into perspective, "and in a paradoxical way also the climate crisis," wrote Neubauer on Twitter. "He stylizes climate protection as an ideology with parallels to the Nazi regime. In 2022. Jesus. That's such a scandal."
In doing so, Neubauer was reacting to the chancellor's appearance at the Kirchentag in Stuttgart last Friday, which had been interrupted by several activists. An activist had tried to storm the stage during the appearance of the SPD politician, but was prevented from doing so by security forces and led away. Another activist shouted "bullshit" when Scholz was talking about phasing out coal-fired power generation and the jobs that would be lost in opencast mining as a result.
Scholz commented on the disruption with the words: "I'll be honest, these black-clad productions at various events by the same people always remind me of a long time ago, and thank God." The action was an "acting practiced appearance". This is not part of a discussion, "it's an attempt to manipulate events for your own purposes. You shouldn't do that." Scholz received thunderous applause for this.
Criticism for Scholz has been hailing from the camp of climate activists for weeks. In view of the Chancellor's trip to Africa last week, Scholz was accused of cynicism. "Knowing that Germany itself is not complying with the climate targets and is still refusing to pay the promised development funds for climate adaptation to the Global South, the self-proclaimed climate chancellor travels to the climate hotspot of Africa and advertises new gas drilling," said Neubauer. That cannot be surpassed in terms of cynicism. "In order to still have a chance to stabilize the global climate in the medium term and to protect ourselves, there can be no more new oil or gas fields."
Scholz had offered Senegal cooperation in gas production. It is about the development of a gas field off the West African coast, in which Mauritania and Senegal are also involved. The chancellor was also willing to cooperate more on renewable energies.