“Fridays for Future”-Aufruf
Thousands of people demonstrate for climate protection in Berlin
Under the motto “You don’t leave us a choice”, “Fridays for Future” called for a climate protest in Berlin. Thousands of participants gathered at the Brandenburg Gate on Friday afternoon. The occasion is also the start of coalition negotiations in the federal government.
Thousands of demonstrators in Berlin have demanded better climate protection from the future federal government. Almost four weeks after the general election, supporters of the Fridays for Future movement and other alliances protested.
According to a police spokesman, the registered number of 10,000 participants was almost reached, specifically he spoke of a “high four-digit” number. According to the organizers, around 3,000 participants from all over Germany had come, but initially there was no further information.
In view of the stormy weather, the initiators had meanwhile considered shortening the event. The final rally should therefore already take place at the SPD headquarters in Kreuzberg. Once there, the organizers decided differently. After consultation, it was possible to end the route back to the Brandenburg Gate as originally planned, said a spokeswoman. Ultimately, the supporters of the “Fridays for Future” movement went to Potsdamer Platz and declared the demonstration over there at 3pm at around 3pm.
List of demands addressed to the future government
The environmentalists of “Fridays for Future” called, among other things, a binding coal phase-out by 2030 and an installation stop for fossil combustion engines from 2025. Further rallies were planned in Baden-Württemberg and Thuringia, among others.
On Wednesday, the climate protection activists presented a catalog of demands aimed at a future federal government. Activist Luisa Neubauer said: “We are not talking about the greening of government work, we are talking about comprehensive system changes that are pending. A ‘business as usual’ in eco-liberal is doomed to failure.”
Attac, Greenpeace and Nabu also call for the day of action
In addition to “Fridays for Future”, other organizations such as Attac, Greenpeace and Nabu called for a global day of action. The alliance wanted to induce the parties of the possible future traffic light coalition at the federal level to take comprehensive measures for climate protection. The parties have so far “not provided a real answer to the climate crisis,” it said.
The “climate strike” is intended to kick off a Form a week of action of the alliance “Justice Now”, to which groups such as “Expropriate German Living and Co.” or “Grandmas Against Right” had joined. The alliance wants to move the new coalition in the federal government to radical change with further actions in the coming days. It is about social justice, climate policy or the fight against racism, it said. Blockade actions are also planned according to the information. According to a spokesman, the police are prepared.
Thunberg demonstrates in Stockholm
The Swedish activist Greta Thunberg was not in Berlin this time, she wanted to demonstrate on Friday in her hometown Stockholm with people from all over the world for more climate protection.
At the latest major climate demonstration by “Fridays for Future” two days before the general election on September 24th, tens of thousands of people nationwide took part.
Broadcast: radioeins, 10/22/2021, 10:00 a.m.