The activist group "Extinction Rebellion" started its protest campaign for more climate protection in Berlin on early Monday morning. Dozens of supporters ran from the government district to the victory column in the district Tiergarten, police said the news agency dpa.
Then, just before the start of commuter traffic, the activists occupied the Big Star - a transport hub in the capital. So far everything is peaceful. For the number of activists, the police initially did not provide information. A video released by the activists showed dozens of people walking and sitting on the pavement. Also emergency vehicles of the police were to be seen.
Previously, the group had called via social media to get going quickly. With blockades and other protests, "Extinction Rebellion" wants to draw attention to the impending climate catastrophe from Monday in Berlin and other major cities around the world.
Actions should last for at least a week
Actions are also planned in London, Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, New York, Buenos Aires and in the Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. The actions should last at least one week. How exactly the group is going to be announced only a few minutes before the start of the largely unannounced actions.
"Extinction Rebellion" (in German about: Rebellion against extinction) originally comes from the UK. According to own data the group exists since November last year also in Germany. Among other things, it demands that national governments immediately declare the climate emergency.
All political decisions that would stand in the way of coping with the climate crisis would have to be revised. Unlike other movements such as Greta Thunberg's Fridays for Future, Extinction Rebellion activists are reportedly willing to break laws to enforce their demands.