BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – With a delay and fewer participants than expected, environmental groups started their protest actions announced for this week in Berlin’s government district on Monday. In the morning, several hundred people sat down at the Brandenburg Gate in the square of March 18 to demonstrate for more climate protection. The police were represented with a large number. Road traffic was diverted and underground S-Bahn traffic was interrupted in the area.
The sit-in by environmentalists was cleared in the afternoon. Officials carried many young men and women from the street to 18 March Square. The security forces were only troubled by a small group of demonstrators who had stuck themselves on the street with superglue, which the police tried to remove with the help of chemicals. In the afternoon, police spokesman Thilo Cablitz said the situation at the Brandenburg Gate was calm. The blockade was dissolved. About 300 people were there.
The environmental initiatives, including the Extinction Rebellion group, also called for the occupation of Monbijou Park near Hackescher Markt. “Infrastructure was set up in no time at Monbijoupark: tree houses, honeycombs, tripods, large tents, toilets … A great, colorful camp was created,” the organizers wrote on the Internet. Two tents and occasional groups of people could be seen in the park. The police surrounded the area and did not let anyone in or out. Some people sat in the trees. According to spokesman Cablitz, there were about 200 people in the park, there were initially no final figures.
The police had been present with a large number at important points in downtown Berlin since the early morning. During the day, organizers of the protest rumored: “Team Blau made it very difficult for us today. If only those in power would show so much commitment to the climate catastrophe …”
Several hundred young people started the announced week of protest for more climate protection with the sit-down at the Brandenburg Gate. However, the actions were delayed because of the police presence and not as many participants came as expected. A demonstration is also planned for Tuesday and further blockades of streets, intersections or buildings during the course of the week./rab/DP/stw