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Greenpeace calls on climate activists to end protests


The head of the environmental organization appeals to the protesters not to risk their lives. The demonstrators refused to talk to the candidates for chancellor after the election - it was too late.

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Climate activists have been on hunger strike at the Berlin Reichstag for more than two weeks.

The environmental organization Greenpeace has now appealed to them to end their strike.

"We share the concerns of the protesters about their future, but we appeal to them, out of concern for their health and well-being, not to put this future and their young life at risk," wrote Greenpeace chairman Martin Kaiser in one on Friday Opinion.

The climate protest participants said they had started an indefinite hunger strike on August 30th.

Its aim is a public discussion with the three candidates for chancellor and the establishment of a citizens' council, which is supposed to give politicians immediate measures against climate change.

Most recently, one of the activists was hospitalized.

The three candidates for chancellor from the Union, SPD and Greens had already appealed to the activists days ago to end the strike and not to risk their lives.

An offer by the candidates Armin Laschet (CDU), Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Annalena Baerbock (Greens) to speak to the activists after the election was rejected.

The conversation had to take place during the election campaign, it said.

Baerbock said he had already telephoned the protesters a few days ago.

Greenpeace boss Kaiser called on the activists not to endanger their lives any further and to save their energy for the global climate strike on September 24th.

He pointed out that there had already been talks with politicians in "at least one case" and that there was also a Citizens' Council on Climate.

“We therefore hope that the young people will not endanger their lives any further.

We encourage them to recover and strengthen themselves in order to use their strength and determination in the coming weeks and months for a climate change in Germany, «Kaiser continued.

mfh / dpa

Source: spiegel

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