An Extinction Rebellion activist takes part in a protest in Berlin.
Climate activists on Monday began a week of action seeking a halt to all airport, motorway and federal highway projects in Germany with a sit-in blockade at the transport ministry in Berlin.
Dozens of Extinction Rebellion activists sat in front of the ministry from early morning, holding placards with the protest week’s motto “Stop the destruction of our basic resources.”
They called for a stop to the felling of part of the Dannenroeder forest, which started last week to make way for a highway. The forest, which the activists call “Danni”, lies in a nature protection area north of Frankfurt.
“Danni is symbolic for a failed German climate and environmental policy,” Extinction Rebellion spokesman Tino Pfaff told Reuters. “It is not only the Danni who is destroyed, but German and European forests as well.”
Police were on the scene and carried away some protesters who had glued themselves to the street with adhesive tape, a police spokesman said.
Extinction Rebellion plans to follow the blockade with a “March of the dead trees” from 0800 GMT through Berlin. More than 1,000 participants have been registered for the demonstration, police said.
Campaigners were preparing to occupy a vast opencast coal mine in eastern Germany on Saturday to put pressure on the government to phase out the fossil fuel — a divisive issue in the country’s rust belt.
Activists blocked major roads and demonstrated in Australian cities on Tuesday in a second day of global protests by the Extinction Rebellion movement demanding more urgent actions to counter climate change.
Police on Sunday sought to defend China’s main representative office in Hong Kong from protesters for the second consecutive weekend, with the building near the heart of the financial centre
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The winds were dust stirring and resulted in a decrease in horizontal visibility to less than 300 metres at times over the open areas, especially the north and east.
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