During the large-scale raid against the group of the "Last Generation", Carla Hinrichs' apartment was also searched. The activist is in the sights of the judiciary.
Munich/Berlin – Climate activist Carla Hinrichs is co-founder and spokesperson for the group "Letzte Generation". The police and public prosecutor's office also searched her apartment in Berlin during the nationwide raid. It is not the first crackdown on the group of climate activists. This time, Hinrichs is said to be one of the main defendants of the Munich Public Prosecutor's Office, reports the Augsburger Allgemeine. According to the newspaper, the search warrant is available. The 26-year-old and two other defendants are accused of forming a "criminal organization".
"Last Generation": Is Carla Hinrichs now threatened with a prison sentence?
Carla Hinrichs is probably one of the most prominent faces of the "Last Generation". She has already been convicted several times for participating in road blockades. Most recently, the native of Bremen was sentenced by the district court of Frankfurt am Main to a prison sentence and 60 hours of community service.
Will Carla Hinrichs' parole be revoked?
The two-month prison sentence was suspended for three years for the former law student. With one foot in prison, as the saying goes. Shortly after the suspended sentence, however, the activist glued herself back to the street. "Even the sentence of two months in prison on probation can't stop me," she wrote on Twitter. After such a statement, the judge could revoke the probation for Carla Heinrichs in the worst case. Then the climate activist would have to start her prison sentence.
Carla Hinrichs, spokesperson for the group "Letzte Generation" sits on the asphalt with a glued hand in Berlin (archive photo from May 16, 2023). © Paul Zinken/dpa
Courts condemn spokeswoman for the "Last Generation"
Carla Hinrichs had been sentenced by a Berlin court to a fine of 600 euros (20 daily rates of 30 euros each) for a similar case. The district court Tiergarten found the 26-year-old guilty of coercion. "It is a criminal offense to impose one's will on others," said Judge Christoph Weyreuther in the verdict. Even then, the climate activist announced that a conviction would not mean the end of her protests.
Activist Carla Hinrichs could register for the law exam
The "Last Generation" finances court cases through donations. According to the published financial report, 17,733 euros in court costs alone were incurred in 2022. The donation account of the "Last Generation" has currently been frozen. The accounts are blocked. It remains to be seen whether this will stop the climate activists. Among other things, the money will also be used to finance apartments.
Carla Hinrichs is also dependent on financial support from her parents and donations. According to her, she has passed all preliminary exams during her law studies – is "Scheinfrei" – and could register for the exam. Instead of becoming a judge as originally planned, Hinrichs interrupted her studies to "resist". Because, in her opinion, not enough is being done to combat climate change. The government is failing.
"Climate chaos" and "climate glue"? Carla Hinrichs has been part of the "Last Generation" from the very beginning
The actions of the group "Last Generation" are increasingly criticized. Its members are referred to as "climate glue" or "climate chaotic", which sometimes have negative connotations. In the case of road blockades, nerves are now often on edge. Even people who actually share the concerns of climate activists and look at climate change with concern, such as the floods in Italy or the drought in Spain, sometimes shake their heads. Others express their understanding.
Carla Hinrichs founded the group "Letzte Generation" with other climate activists in 2021. With its protest actions, the group has been active in Germany and Austria since 2022 and is causing a stir - also in the media.
"And suddenly a policeman with a bulletproof vest stands in front of your bed and points a gun at you," said the group's spokeswoman Carla Hinrichs on Twitter on Wednesday (May 24). "They're trying to scare me." But the fear of climate catastrophe is greater. It remains to be seen whether the suspicion that the "Last Generation" is a criminal organization can be maintained. (ml)