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"Last generation": FDP politician accuses climate activists of blackmail

2023-02-27T06:21:33.563Z


In Hanover, the "last generation" wants to refrain from blocking roads after the green mayor had promised them accommodation. In the Bundestag, everyone from the Union to the SPD is appalled by the deal.


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Members of the "Last Generation" at a protest at Aegidientorplatz in Hanover

Photo: Julian Stratenschulte / dpa

The activists of the "last generation" have been demonstrating for months, sometimes using violent methods, for more climate protection.

At the same time, they vow to stop their protests if their concerns are heard.

The domestic policy spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group, Manuel Höferlin, has now sharply criticized this offer as a form of "blackmail".

"Blackmail is not an expression of legitimate protest," Höferlin told the "Welt."

That's why he considers it "naive and dangerous if individual municipalities now give in to this blackmail.

Because the next escalation will definitely follow«.

The reason for the criticism is an agreement in Hanover: The actions of the "last generation" are to end there after Mayor Belit Onay (Greens) assured the activists after a meeting that their demand for a "social council" was sent in a letter to the democratic to support parliamentary groups.

According to the ideas of the climate protectors, such a council of randomly drawn people should develop measures to ensure that Germany no longer emits any climate-damaging CO₂ by 2030.

In a democratic system, political decisions would not be made by "councils" but by the elected representatives of the people, the Vice President of the Union faction, Andrea Lindholz (CSU), warned in the newspaper.

Peaceful protests are an important and legitimate means of initiating change, she stressed.

"Committing crimes to achieve a goal is just as irrelevant as ultimatums or blackmail."

SPD parliamentary group leader Matthias Miersch said it was important to seek dialogue.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) also had discussions with representatives of the "last generation" a year ago.

In view of the cooperation in Hanover, however, the following also applies: "Politics must not allow themselves to be blackmailed." The AfD right-wing politician Stephan Brandner spoke in the newspaper for "good education, robust crackdown and fast, tough penalties" against the climate protectors, known primarily for their adhesive actions out of.

Politicians should "neither allow themselves to be blackmailed nor coerced."

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Source: spiegel

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