Climate protection demonstrators stick to the streets – these images have become part of everyday life. The Berlin police chief has figures on the actions. In total, there are already 2,200 criminal charges and 600 fine notices.
In just under a year, climate protection demonstrators have blocked streets in Berlin 276 times. In addition, there were 42 other actions, some of which were criminal, by mid-December, police chief Barbara Slowik told the German Press Agency. In total, there are already 2,200 criminal charges and 600 fine notices.
The police counted 220,000 emergency services hours by police officers on the subject. That was an extreme effort, Slowik emphasized: when observing troublesome traffic junctions and buildings, detaching demonstrators who were glued to them, blocking off intersections and diverting traffic. In addition, there is the working time for investigations, prosecution of criminal and administrative offenses and fine proceedings.
In the second half of January 2022, the Last Generation group had started the blockades. The first wave of actions lasted until the spring, followed by a second wave in the summer and a third since October. The group then traveled to other cities and airports.
So far, about 500 active supporters of the last generation have been arrested by the police in Berlin, Slowik said. “Half of them appeared several times and about 50 people even more than ten times.” In 251 cases, provisionally arrested activists were brought before a judge. So-called custody to avert danger was ordered 56 times by a judge – in Berlin this means imprisonment by imprisonment for a maximum of 48 hours in order to prevent further crimes.
The police had taken numerous measures against blockers: covered motorway exits and activists, observed intersections, equipped patrol cars with cooking oil to loosen the glued hands, removed ladders from signs on motorways.
Of course, she is concerned that the blockades will eventually lead to something more serious, Slowik said. That, for example, motorists reacted even more aggressively than before and could injure demonstrators, that there were rear-end collisions or that ambulances would arrive late at the scene.