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Climate activists glue themselves at Munich airport to protest pollution caused by flying

Munich airport

A general view of the Munich International Airport.

German authorities closed down Munich airport temporarily on Saturday after six climate activists broke through a security fence and glued themselves to access routes leading to runways, officials and local media reported.

The activists from the group Last Generation were protesting flying, the most polluting form of transportation, said the German news agency dpa.

Police have detained the six.

Incoming flights had to be diverted to other airports, an airport spokesperson said. After a couple of hours, the airport's two runways were reopened though some disruptions to flight schedules may happen, a statement on the airport’s official website said.

Last Generation posted on social media platform X, accusing the German government of "downplaying” the negative effects of flying on the environment instead of "finally acting sincerely.”

German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser slammed the protests and called for them to end. "Such criminal actions threaten air traffic and harm climate protection because they only cause lack of understanding and anger,” she wrote on X.

Fraser also applauded police efforts to bring order back to the airport and called for airport safety measures to be checked.

The general manager of the German Airports Association Ralph Beisel sharply criticized the climate activists’ actions.

"Trespassing the aviation security area is no trivial offense. Over hundreds of thousands of passengers were prevented from a relaxed and punctual start to their Pentecost holiday,” he told dpa.

Beisel also called for harsher penalties for activists who break into airports.

In July 2023, climate activities blocked flights at Hamburg and Duesseldorf airports for several hours.

In January, Last Generation - known for gluing themselves to streets to block traffic which infuriated many Germans - said it would abandon the tactic and move on to holding what it calls "disobedient assemblies.” Their actions have been widely criticized, and Chancellor Olaf Scholz described them as "completely nutty.”

Associated Press


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