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Climate protesters attempt to bring Berlin traffic to a halt – as disruption continues in London

German climate activists have stuck themselves to the streets of Berlin in an attempt to stop traffic.

Last Generation members have blocked many roads in Germany during the last year, to pressurise the government to take further action against Climate Change.

The activists have been seen on the road several times, angering some motorists. Conservative politicians also accused them of being extremists.

The protesters warned that they would block traffic in the city by marching slowly through it later in the day, in addition to roadblocks.

Image: The climate protester glued his hands to the road during a demonstration

The German news agency dpa reported that there were 30 roadblocks in the city this morning.

Last Generation released a statement saying that they would no longer accept the government’s lack of action to protect their livelihoods.

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Berlin police has said that up to 500 officers will be present on the streets of the capital to stop or prevent blockades.

Last week, members of the group announced that they would intensify their efforts in the next few days to “calmly bring the city to an end”.

Last Generation wants Germany’s fossil fuel use to cease by 2030. They also want short-term solutions, such as imposing a speed limit on highways of 62mph.

A ‘handful of naughty’ people wanted to disrupt the London Marathon

Just Stop Oil activists (JSO), who held a fourth-day protest called “The Big One” this morning, stopped traffic in central London.

More than 160 activists blocked the roads in Haymarket and Waterloo, causing chaos at rush hour.

Up to 50,000 XR (Extinction rebellion) activists descended on central London during the London Marathon. The proximity of these two events sparked fears that climate protesters might try to disrupt this annual race.

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JSO, a group that takes part in direct action protests , refused to confirm whether their activists would intentionally disrupt the event.

Michel, 63 years old, an Extinction Rebellion activist, stated that “a few naughty individuals” would have loved to block the race in protest of the climate situation”.

He said: “We think a few people may want to take action to protest against the fact that we do nothing for the climate, and we’d like to stop this because we don’t believe it is necessary.”

Image: Demonstrators from the Green Brigade marching on Westminster Friday
Image: Extinction rebellion demonstrators participating in a Friday protest outside the Home Office, London

No one attempted to interfere with the race on the famous marathon route.

XR activist Tom Crowther (22), who cycled to the protests from Kent, said that: “I believe a number of people who support the marathon also support a great deal of Extinction Rebellion’s values.”


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