The second city is already averting renewed protests by the last generation. After Hanover, Marburg also announced that it supports the "substantive demands" of the climate activists. Mayor Spies makes a request to his party comrades in the Chancellery.
After giving in in Hanover, the mayor of Marburg, Thomas Spies, said he had reached an agreement with climate activists from the last generation. The SPD politician said that the activists had promised not to stick to the streets of Marburg in the future. He himself had written a letter to the federal government and the democratic parliamentary groups in the German Bundestag, in which he "supported the substantive demands of the last generation," it said in a statement. A Last Generation spokesman confirmed the agreement.
Last generation climate activists are offering to halt their nationwide or local protests if governments agree to their demands. This was partly met with sharp criticism. "Blackmail is not an expression of legitimate protest," said the domestic spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group, Manuel Höferlin, to "Welt". That's why he considers it "naïve and dangerous if individual municipalities now give in to this blackmail, because the next escalation will definitely follow".
Spies, on the other hand, said: "I'm pleased that we managed to find solutions in constructive discussions. Our actions and our attitude in Marburg were obviously convincing." Of course it is "not allowed to stick to the street". That is why Marburg was "prepared early on". Until the protests were "suspended" due to the "ongoing negotiations", corresponding activities could be observed almost daily. The rules of the rule of law would "of course also apply in Marburg," it said.
Similar to Hanover, Spies supported in the letter, among other things, the demand for the convening of a "social council" made up of representative and randomly selected citizens. They should "discuss the question of how we can achieve zero emissions in Germany by 2030," said the letter, in which he asked Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the other recipients to "benevolently examine and positively support" the demands of the climate activists.