The "Last Generation" is not a mass movement like "Fridays for Future", but the activists are currently making the headlines every day. On Thursday they stick to the grounds of the capital's BER airport. The reactions are - almost - outraged across all parties, the AfD calls for the protection of the constitution.
After climate activists of the "last generation" managed to paralyze the capital's BER airport for a few hours, criticism of this form of activism grew. "Protest actions of this kind are completely illegitimate and can no longer simply be accepted," said FDP General Secretary Bijan Djir-Sarai t-online. The "full hardness of the rule of law" must take effect. Djir-Sarai's party friend, the Berlin FDP leader Sebastian Czaja, spoke of "climate criminals". His brother, CDU General Secretary Mario Czaja, said t-online: "The rule of law knows the necessary instruments to defend against such crimes. They must now be used consistently: preventive detention, bans on residence, fines."
After the action, the police took several people into custody. The police headquarters in Brandenburg announced in the evening that the climate activists would be charged with dangerous interference in air traffic, trespassing and property damage. More information on the number of those arrested is expected later today. The Berlin Greens state chairwoman Susanne Mertens emphasized on t-online that protests must rule out endangering other people. "However, BER apparently has to revise its security concepts."
Her party colleague Konstantin von Notz, deputy parliamentary group member in the Bundestag, criticized the action as "counterproductive, presumptuous and potentially dangerous". Left leader Martin Schirdewan, on the other hand, defended the "last generation" whose protest "put a finger on the wound of political inaction in the face of the climate catastrophe".
In the past few weeks, the activists have repeatedly blocked road traffic, stuck themselves to paintings in museums and this week in Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie on a conductor's desk. Their goal is to draw public attention to the consequences of climate change and to call on politicians to take action. You have already received a lot of criticism for these actions. In a survey, 86 percent of those questioned considered the protests to be counterproductive.