The European Championship match between Germany and France in Munich was about to kick off.
As if out of nowhere, an activist drew attention - and probably missed a catastrophe.
Munich - You can watch the madness on the Internet, on TV there was nothing to be seen on Tuesday evening.
The stadium announcer is currently reading the team roster in English, "number six Joshua Kimmich, eight Toni Kroos", all players are already on the pitch.
A paramotor pilot rushes just over the heads of the visitors * in the first rows of the Allianz Arena.
He caught two spectators before he made an emergency landing on the field with a paraglider and propeller on his back.
The German national player Antonio Rüdiger goes to the 38-year-old pilot who, according to information from our newspaper, practices as a surgeon in Rosenheim.
Rüdiger pats him on the left shoulder and asks if everything is okay.
Munich: Greenpeace campaign before the EM game - "May have to pay with your life"
But nothing is okay at this moment. The pilot, a Greenpeace activist, may just have gotten away with his life with a lot of luck - and that has nothing to do with his flying skills. "Because of the label 'Greenpeace', they refrained from snipers intervening here," says Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) of the
-Zeitung: "If the police had come to a different assessment that it could be a terrorist attack, then the airman might have had to pay for the action with his life." While soccer Germany digested the 0: 1 against France reasonably well , this moment shortly before the kick-off of the first German European Championship game also causes excitement the day after.
The pilot did not have full control over his aircraft - some viewers, as shown by the cell phone videos that are available, barely missed a catastrophe.
EM hit in Munich: Greenpeace campaign is making waves - "Unfortunately not everything went according to plan"
The Greenpeace activist actually wants to throw a yellow latex ball with the imprint "Kick out Oil" into the Munich * Allianz Arena at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening - without landing on the field himself. On approach, however, his paraglider brushes against the cables of the camera suspended above the playing field. He goes into a tailspin. Shortly after the action, the environmental protection organization tweeted succinctly: “This protest never had the intention of disrupting the game or injuring people. We hope everyone is fine and no one has been seriously injured. Greenpeace actions are always peaceful and non-violent. Unfortunately, not everything went according to plan with this campaign. "
The protest action in Munich is probably one of the biggest own goals that Greenpeace has achieved in its history - even from the politically friendly camp it is hailing sharp criticism. "Important topic, but blatantly idiotic and irresponsible action," writes the Green parliamentary group deputy Konstantin von Notz on Twitter.
The Greenpeace protest is originally directed against the European Championship sponsor Volkswagen, who, according to the climate activists, should stop the sale of cars with internal combustion engines.
But nobody talks about it a day later.
"The hint that everything did not go according to plan sounds almost cynical with such an action," says CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt of our newspaper.
"Greenpeace must now explain whether further actions are planned or were in the context of the European Football Championship, who are the originators of these ideas and how Greenpeace itself ensures that there is no further danger to the public and the people involved."
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CDU politician Friedrich Merz even goes one step further, because of course it is also a penalty that the political opponent leaves here. "After yesterday's incident with a serious threat to stadium visitors, it is time to review Greenpeace's charitable status," writes Merz. CSU General Secretary Markus Blume makes the same request and presents a picture of the incident on Twitter, including overall political interpretation aid. "Eco-extremism is not a trivial offense," it says there. Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder also immediately announced the consequences for the pilot, who was arrested yesterday immediately after landing. "That is dealt with precisely, these are clear violations," says the CSU politician in the BR.
The Munich police commented on the incident on Wednesday afternoon.
One of the injured, a 42-year-old Ukrainian who had worked for the organizer on site, is therefore still under medical treatment.
According to the police, the man suffered injuries to his head and neck, but does not need intensive care.
The other victim is a 36-year-old French who also had work to do in the stadium.
He sustained a head injury and has since been released from the hospital.
EM in Munich: activist has to face the consequences - police want to work on security
The pilot is uninjured and, according to the police, is free again, but now has to answer for various crimes. He is being investigated for a dangerous interference in air traffic, for a violation of the Air Traffic Act and for dangerous bodily harm. For the other European Championship games * in Munich, Germany will play Portugal on Saturday, the police and the armed forces want to reassess the existing security concept. The use of helicopters, it is said, is not excluded.
The environmental organization, which has always been known for its sensational campaigns, will also speak up again on Wednesday. "We sincerely apologize to the two people who were injured during the Greenpeace campaign yesterday," said a spokesman. “The pilot wanted to float a balloon into the stadium, but then had to make an emergency landing there because the manual throttle control of the paraglider failed. Because there was no more thrust, the glider suddenly lost height. ”They are in the process of clearing this up. And, says the Greenpeace spokesman, “we are of course also responsible for that”.
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