Climate Protesters Chain Themselves To Merkel’s Chancellery

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Updated June 11, 2019
Climate activists of the “Extinction rebellion” (XR) Berlin group hold placards after they chained themselves to a fence of the Chancellery during a protest to urge the government to declare a climate emergency on June 11, 2019, in Berlin. XR uses non-violent civil disobedience to put pressure on media and governments worldwide to address the multiple ecological crises. PHOTO: Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP



Dozens of German “extinction rebellion” protesters Tuesday chained themselves to the fence of Angela Merkel’s chancellery, demanding she declare a “climate emergency”.

The activists sent the keys to unlock them to all 13 government ministries along with letters formulating their demands, including to effectively cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025.

“The current climate policy puts our future at risk,” said one 17-year-old demonstrator who asked not to be named. “We will have to bear the physical cost of today’s inaction.”

Another, who gave her name as Natalie, told AFP: “The goal today is to raise awareness about the climate catastrophe.”

“We want the press and politicians to tell the truth about the climate crisis, and a state of climate emergency to be declared.”

Together with some 50 supporters, the chained-up protesters chanted a slogan from the Fridays for Future rallies: “What do we want? Climate Justice! When do we want it? Now!”

Extinction Rebellion describes itself as an international movement using non-violent civil disobedience “to achieve radical change in order tominimisethe risk of human extinction and ecological collapse”.