The city of Munich is taking tougher action against climate activists who stick to the road during their protest actions. A general decree will come into force for four weeks from Saturday, which will fundamentally prohibit such actions on roads that are particularly critical for rescue operations and hazard prevention measures, as well as on all areas of the federal motorways, including motorway sign bridges. The city of Munich drew up a list of the streets affected.
Most recently, climate activists had affected traffic at Munich Airport with adhesive campaigns. On Friday there was another action in the area around Munich Central Station.
"The ban issued with the general decree serves to ensure that the main routes of the emergency and rescue vehicles in the city area are kept clear at all times and to avert possible damage to life and limb that could arise due to delays in emergency trips," the city said in its justification . The municipality considers the associated restriction of the right of assembly to be necessary.
Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) renewed his sharp criticism of those involved on Friday. "Normally I would say in Bavaria: live and let live, stick and let stick," said Söder after a CSU board meeting in Munich. But unfortunately it's not that easy - the events of the day before had shown that. "All of this is associated with great dangers, for safety, also for life and limb," warned Söder.
Climate activists at Munich Airport
On Thursday, climate activists blocked the northern runway at Munich Airport for 45 minutes. Four members of the "Last Generation" group had cut a hole in a fence that morning and taped themselves to a runway. According to Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU), the police were able to prevent the blockade of the southern runway by three other activists. One consequence of the action was that a plane with an emergency patient could only land 20 minutes late.
After the blockade at Munich Airport, seven people were arrested, six of the climate activists remain in police custody for a week. Because of the risk of recurrence, the district court in Erding ordered custody in a correctional facility until December 17, according to the police headquarters in Oberbayern-Nord. The participants in the action are being investigated for attempted dangerous interference in air traffic, property damage, trespassing and in some cases for coercion. The group had announced further actions.