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The judge does not gender: Renewed exchange of blows with climate abseilers

2023-12-13T16:08:25.278Z

Highlights: The climate trial at the Ebersberg district court is entering the next round. With bizarre motions, however, the defendants are trying to delay the proceedings on the grounds of coercion. In May of this year, the four were due to stand trial for 192 counts of coercion, but the trial had been suspended. The defendants flooded the judge with tons of motions at the time, which is why the trial has been suspended – until now. The judge does not gender: Renewed exchange of blows with climate abseilers.



Status: 13.12.2023, 16:55 PM

By: Anna Liebelt

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In the dock of the Ebersberg district court, the four accused climate activists (front) were present. At the request of the defendants, the defendants will be represented by public defenders (in the back). Only one of the accused has brought a lawyer with her. © Stefan Rossmann

The climate trial at the Ebersberg district court is entering the next round. With bizarre motions, however, the defendants are trying to delay the proceedings on the grounds of coercion.

Ebersberg – A curious picture with recognition value presented itself on Wednesday morning to those who passed by the district court in Ebersberg. As was the case six months ago, climate activists from all over Germany formed at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the courthouse.

Climate activists have to answer to the Ebersberg district court for coercion in 192 cases

This time, there were two banners with the inscriptions "Dishes are for eating" and "Cars only in the museum". While the eight activists were still displaying their posters to the Ebersberg rush hour traffic at dusk, almost a dozen police officers watched the events at close range.

In front of the district court in Ebersberg, the climate activists protested early in the morning for the traffic turnaround. In the background, the police were watching the action. © Stefan Rossmann

The reason for the deployment at an early hour: Four of the activists had abseiled down from a bridge on the A 2021 near Poing in September 94 in protest against the International Motor Show (IAA). The police then had to close the highway for several hours. In May of this year, the four were due to stand trial for 192 counts of coercion. But the defendants flooded the judge with tons of motions at the time, which is why the trial had been suspended – until now.

Strategy of delay: Defendants flood judges with bizarre motions

But even at the resumption of the trial on Wednesday, Judge Dieter Kaltbeitzer did not find a different picture: The defendants were slow to arrive in the courtroom. Sighing demonstratively, they took their seats in the dock one after the other before leisurely pulling their laptops, folders and loose sheets of paper out of their pockets – no trace of hectic on this December morning.

As a result, the judge was only able to open the hearing almost 45 minutes after the official start of the trial. There was no sign of seriousness among the activists. "How absurd it is that we are sitting here," one of the defendants commented on the trial, looking out the window and stroking her blond hair without worry. In the meantime, the printer he had brought with him was already spitting out the first request: a 20-minute break to inspect the files.

Activists feel threatened by weapons of police officers present in the courtroom

In view of the flood of applications on the previous day of the hearing, the judge did not seem particularly surprised. Although, in wise foresight, he had already had the shortifix removed from the courtroom before the trial began – which the activists cheered and applauded. They no longer found themselves threatened by Jesus Christ (as they had been the first time), but they were threatened by the firearms of the police officers present in the hall.

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Accordingly, Judge Kaltbeitzer fluttered the next motion on the table: The officers should hand over their pistols. "I don't want to insinuate anything to anyone, but how do I know if someone isn't just grabbing a gun and shooting around," was the defendant's reasoning. While the prosecutor scurried the word "absurd" from his lips while shaking his head vigorously, the judge took note of the request visibly unconcerned. Without discussion, he rejected the activists' demand.

Judge Dieter Kaltbeitzer appeared with the necessary composure in the face of the flood of applications. © Stefan Rossmann

"We speak German, period": Judge rejects request for gendering in court

But their strategy continued to be: delay at all costs. Even before the first witness could be heard, the next motion followed. This time, the activists demanded that gender be used in the court. "This kind of language, as spoken here, makes people who do not identify as men invisible," one defendant stressed. Judge Kaltbeitzer's face now showed a frown for the first time. "We're talking German, period," he said, contradicting the motion.

The police officers, who subsequently testified as witnesses, were cross-examined by the activists and bombarded with detailed questions. However, the young people themselves did not want to give any information. (The trial will continue on Thursday

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