Status: 26.09.2023, 07:13 a.m.
By: Romina Kunze
The frustration of many drivers towards the "last generation" runs deep and often degenerates into violence. Now a man's hat cord tore – right in front of his child's eyes.
Berlin – Again and again, members of the "Last Generation" and thwarted and disgruntled citizens clash during protest actions and especially during road blockades. The anger of passers-by and motorists is then unleashed on the activists who see themselves in the service of a good cause.
At the beginning of the year, the situation in Vienna escalated when a man dragged the protesters off the street. No less rudely, a woman tackled a young activist in Bottrop when she tried to drag her off the road by her hair. And the nerves of a blocked truck driver were also on edge – his freak out ultimately cost him his job.
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After their demonstrations at the International Motor Show (IAA), the climate activists recently moved the protests from Munich back to Berlin. A few months ago, the "Last Generation" declared the capital to be the main destination of their place of work; where it has now come to another chapter of the never-ending story "motorists versus climate activists".
The protagonists of the recent clashes are a motorist and a 73-year-old road blocker. A video uploaded by the "Last Generation" via their X account (formerly Twitter) shows the man getting out of his vehicle and striding menacingly towards the activist, finally roughly wiping his glasses off his face.
The outburst of anger not only captured the lens of the activist group, but also took place in front of children's eyes. In the passenger seat you can see a young girl sitting, who is probably the daughter of the aggressive motorist. "It could be her grandfather sitting there on the street and standing up for her future," the "Last Generation" acknowledged the attack in its tweet and appealed to the sympathy of motorists.
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At least on the net, empathy and understanding are limited. "If you put the confused grandpa Ernst on the street after you have scared him so much with some horror fairy tales about the end of the world that he does everything you tell him ...", comments the Greens-critical book author Peter Borbe with a sneer in relation to the tweet.
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Another sees the blame for the fisticuffs in the activists, who deliberately provoke violence. In the video, a woman can be heard calling for "no violence" from the background, but that's exactly what the "Last Generation" is aiming for, according to the user. "Apparently, an action is only really successful when a person is harmed," he writes, earning the accusation of victim-perpetrator reversal.
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Not the first incident of the latest episode of the "Last Generation" in Berlin: A few days ago, the Berlin Marathon was supposed to be the scene of the climate protests, but was thwarted by the police. However, the paint attack on the Brandenburg Gate could not prevent it – which will probably have expensive consequences.
For their sometimes vehement action against the activists, the police have also had to take criticism. But despite all the outrage of the protest group, the police union sees itself in the right and calls for a uniform approach against the "increasingly fanatical acting" climate glue. The judiciary has already tightened the reins: a member of the group was sentenced to a record sentence and now faces an unprecedented prison sentence. (rku)