The climate adhesives are not only causing a stir in Germany. In the USA, climate activists now have to be held in custody for a protest for the first time.
Munich – In Germany, the "Last Generation" is attracting a lot of attention with its climate protests. In the U.S., the equivalent of this is the organization "Declare Emergency" (to German: declare a state of emergency). Two climate activists have now been taken into custody due to a protest action.
Two climate activists had to be taken into custody in the USA after they caused damage to a museum. © Camera4/Imago (symbolic image)
Climate activists of "Declare Emergency" have to go into custody – for the first time in North America
At the end of April 2023, the climate protection organization "Declare Emergency" caused a scandal in the USA. At an art exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, two climate activists smeared the pedestal and the display case of the sculpture of the "Little 14-Year-Old Dancer" with red and black paint. According to the organization, red was supposed to stand for blood, the black color symbolized oil. "Two parents concerned about the future of their children and all of them made a statement today at the National Gallery in Washington DC," wrote Declare Emergency.
Climate activists Timothy Martin and Joanna Smith claimed responsibility for the incident at the museum, both of whom were remanded in custody. The two 53-year-olds "are accused of conspiracy to commit a crime against the United States and damage to a museum." As the public prosecutor's office announced, the action of "Declare Emergency" caused damage in the amount of 2200 euros. In order to repair this damage, the sculpture had to be removed from the exhibition for ten days.
After protest action: These penalties threaten the climate activists of "Declare Emergency"
The two climate activists face long prison sentences after their color action. For each offense, they could face up to five years in prison. In addition, the climate activists could be fined up to $250,000. The group "Declare Emergency", like the "Last Generation" in Germany, repeatedly blocks roads in Washington. In the U.S., however, it was the first action by climate activists in a museum. In Germany, demonstrators have already smeared mashed potatoes on a painting by Claude Monet.
In Germany, the spokeswoman and co-founder of the "Last Generation" Carla Hinrichs was recently sentenced to three years in prison on probation. In a major raid against the climate protection group, her apartment was also searched. Across Europe, the actions of climate activists are increasing: in Rome, the famous Trevi Fountain was discolored with black paint. "Declare Emergency" does not want to be deterred by possible convictions in the US: "Our leaders must take serious measures to tell us the truth about what is happening to the climate."