German climate activists raided by police who blocked traffic

By Rek Hanibal Published on May 24, 2023
German climate activists raided by police who blocked traffic

Among those raided was Last Generation spokeswoman Carla Hinrichs, whose door was broken down by armed police while she was in bed, the group said.

For months Last Generation has disrupted traffic in German cities.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has condemned their campaign as "completely crazy".

For weeks in Germany, there has been a ferocious culture war about whether Last Generation can be legally defined as a criminal organisation.

Conservative MPs have demanded harsher penalties, including jail sentences, while left-wingers have warned of a dangerous authoritarian clampdown. 

Some 170 police took part in Wednesday's raids on flats and other buildings in Berlin, Bavaria, Dresden, Hamburg and elsewhere, shutting down the group's website and freezing two accounts. 

Ms Hinrichs's flat in the Berlin district of Kreuzberg was targeted at 07:00 on Wednesday by 25 police officers carrying guns, her colleagues said.

No arrests have been reported, but seven people aged 22 to 38 are suspected of organising a campaign to collect at least €1.4m (£1.2m) in funding mainly to finance "further criminal acts". Police and prosecutors said the raids aimed to establish Last Generation's membership structure.

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