The controversial forms of protest of the "last generation" apparently also inspire politicians. Nicolin Gabrysch sticks her hand to the lectern during a Cologne city council meeting. Mayor Henriette Reker takes the action calmly.
A Cologne local politician glued herself to the lectern during a meeting of the city council in the cathedral city. City councilwoman Nicolin Gabrysch (Klima Freunde) justified her protest on Thursday with concerns about the climate, as can be seen in videos circulating on social networks.
"It cannot and must not continue like this," said the politician during the meeting. "That's why I'm now making sure that things don't go on as usual, at least here and now." Gabrysch then taped her hand to the lectern. She also asked "for the solidarity of all people here in the hall who, given the drastic nature of the situation, are like me."
Applause was then heard from parts of the city council. Mayor Henriette Reker continued the session at a second lectern. According to Gabrysch, he has been a member of the Cologne City Council for the Climate Friends voter group since 2020.