Several climate protection activists have to remain in police custody for 30 days after two sticking actions on a central traffic junction in Munich. "It's very, very rare that this is used, it's really a big exception," said a police spokesman for the German Press Agency.
According to the Bavarian Police Tasks Act, citizens can be detained for up to one month on the basis of a judicial decision in order to prevent the commission of an administrative offense of considerable importance to the general public or a criminal offence. This period can be extended by a maximum of one additional month.
Street blocked in the center of Munich
The day before, 17 climate protection activists from the group "Last Generation" had blocked the street in a central square in downtown Munich, most of them sticking one hand to the roadway. This caused obstructions in both directions at the Stachus for more than two hours. Those involved, between the ages of 18 and 79, were charged with coercion and violations of the Assembly Act. Nevertheless, 15 of them repeated the action a few hours later at the same place.
Since they also announced further blockade actions, police custody until December 2 was requested at the district court. As of 3:00 p.m., the judge responsible had ruled that two of the activists would be held until midnight on Friday, but that three would have to remain in custody until early December. For the remaining ten, the hearing was initially pending.