It informs Tagesschau.de.
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin-Mitte was smeared with paint in the morning, all six columns were damaged. The police cordoned off the area around the monument.
According to the police, 13 people were detained. They will be prosecuted for damage to public property.
The Last Generation group took responsibility for the action. Eco-activists used special fire extinguishers for painting. The paint also got onto Paris Square in front of the gates. According to the participants, they left glowing traces on the square.
Climate activists also tried to hold an action near the Brandenburg Gate, but the police prevented them from doing so.
Activists plan to resume blocking roads in the city tomorrow.
Activities of climate activists
Letzte Generation (“Last Generation”) is a group of activists fighting climate change, mainly in Germany, Italy and Austria. The group describes itself as an “alliance” and was formed in 2021 by participants in the “last generation hunger strike”. The term was chosen because, in their opinion, there is a risk of exceeding tipping points in the Earth’s climate system. According to activists, they belong to the last generation that is still able to stop the complete collapse of the Earth.
Since their formation, they have held actions such as numerous road blockades (276 in Germany during 2022) and used paint to vandalize yachts, famous paintings, houses, restaurants and private planes. In Germany, the group has three central demands: a 100 km/h speed limit on autobahns, a cheap universal ticket for nationwide public transport and a “social council” with 160 elected members that will draw up a plan to phase out Germany’s use of fossil fuels by 2030. in In Rome, they threw soup on Van Gogh’s painting behind glass called “The Gardener”. In Potsdam, they threw mashed potatoes at Monet’s painting. None of the attacked works of art were harmed.
On October 14, 2022, eco-activists of the Just Stop Oil group poured tomato soup over Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “Sunflowers” in the National Gallery in London. And on October 23, at the Barberini Museum in Germany, activists of the Letzte Generation movement poured water on the painting “Haystack” by impressionist Claude Monet, and then glued their palms to the wall next to the work of art.
Activists of the Just Stop Oil campaign threw a chocolate cake at the wax statue of King Charles III at London’s Madame Tussauds on Monday, October 24. And on October 30, two activists of the German climate movement “Letzte Generation” glued themselves to the metal structure that holds the skeleton of a 66-million-year-old dinosaur in the Museum of Natural History in Berlin.
On December 25 of that year, it was reported that German police said they had foiled plans by climate activists from the “Letzten Generation” organization to disrupt a televised Christmas service.
On May 4, activists of the “Last Generation” organization protested topless and blocked traffic on a busy street in the center of Rome as a sign of protest against the climate policy of the Italian government.
On June 11, German Interior Minister Nancy Feser said that climate activists from the Last Generation group were responsible for 580 criminal offenses since the beginning of last year.