Berlin – For their confused ideology they are now crossing all borders! With bolt cutters, posters and bicycles, the “latest generation” of climate extremists have invaded the capital’s airport and blocked its runway. Air traffic at BER had to be completely stopped!
Climate chaos is also celebrated, by filming their BER collapse in real time on YouTube. You can see how activist Benjamin F. (25, threw mashed potatoes at a Monet painting in Potsdam) crouches on the barbed wire fence on the north side of the airport and opens from the bottom up.
Then people dressed in high-visibility vests stroll calmly through the site of the disused Terminal 5. The group unfurls a banner reading: “What if the government doesn’t have everything under control.”
Some members cycle down the walkway, others hold on. The federal police and the airport fire brigade are alerted.
► Around 16:20, an airport spokesman assured that air traffic was not affected. But a short time later it becomes clear: chaotic people have entered the airport area in two places, including the south side (active part of the airport). Two complete runways must be closed!
A total of 15 landing approaches are to be diverted to Leipzig, Hanover and Dresden. Things are getting chaotic at the airport of the Saxon state capital because so many planes are arriving from Berlin in a very short space of time. In Berlin, however, 750 passengers are stuck on planes ready to take off. The capital’s airport website sometimes crashes.
Jens Schobranski, federal police spokesman, to BILD: “There are two groups on the site, some of which are glued together.” According to the spokesman, the whole area is to be searched for objects left by the radicals. Nearly two hours pass before the blockers are cleared from the track.
Several slobs are taken into custody. How many there are, the police cannot tell in the evening.
At 18:15, an airport spokesman announces that both runways are open again. A good hour and a half after the cessation of air traffic.
Trespassing, property damage, coercion, dangerous interference in air traffic – with this new level of escalation, climate stickers have arguably made themselves punishable.
► Federal Minister of Transport Volker Wissing (52, FDP) speaks of increasingly unscrupulous actions: “Society cannot accept such behaviour”.
► Brandenburg Interior Minister Michael Stübgen (63, CDU): “I agree: Anyone who intentionally puts others at risk for their worldview is not an activist, but a criminal!”
► Lawyer Oliver Allesch (45) to BILD: “Attacking a runway has a completely different quality…” And again: “The legislator also takes this into account by proposing dangerous interventions in air traffic, for example through obstacles, still punished more seriously than the interference with road traffic”.