Footage has emerged of an irate motorist beating an eco-protester after the fanatics glued themselves to the road, causing chaos in Germany’s traffic.
At the beginning of the video, the middle-aged man can be seen dragging another man across the road as fellow protesters block cars at a crosswalk.
He confronts a woman and menacingly pushes her along while yelling at her.
Another irate driver is then seen yelling at one of the protesters.
Other drivers try to calm down the middle-aged man as he continues to express his anger.
The video shows the queue of protesters sitting on the road wearing safety vests, while frustrated drivers watch from their stationary vehicles
After the middle-aged man confronts one of the photographers, another man tries to intervene and they get into trouble
The video shows the queue of protesters sitting on the road wearing safety vests, while frustrated drivers watch from their stationary vehicles.
They hold orange banners with slogans as a driver approaches them to shout at them.
The video shows that the protest has caused traffic congestion.
The middle-aged man and another man drag a female protester across the road to the sidewalk. Then they throw a man to the ground.
The middle-aged man waves as a white van passes by.
After he confronts one of the photographers, another man tries to intervene and they get into trouble.
The middle-aged man rips off the other man’s hat and punches him in the face.
The police come by and speak to the middle-aged man, who appears to be explaining the situation.
Police are also seen escorting one of the protesters off the road.
Thousands of climate protesters gathered in Berlin and other German cities today to demand tougher government measures against global warming, especially when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector.
A small business party that controls Germany’s Transport Ministry, the Free Democrats, opposed efforts to impose a blanket speed limit, phase out internal combustion engines and massively invest in public transport.
The refusal has frustrated the party’s larger coalition partners — Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats and environmentalists Greens — as well as climate activists who say Germany is falling short of its own emissions targets.
In the video, the middle-aged man rips off the other man’s hat and punches him in the face
The middle-aged man can be seen dragging one of the protesters across the road, while fellow protesters block cars at a crosswalk
He confronts a woman and menacingly pushes her along while yelling at her
The middle-aged man and another man drag a female protester across the road to the sidewalk
Asked about the protests Friday, a spokesperson for Scholz said the German government takes its climate goals “very seriously.”
‘All ministries are working hard on it,’ says Wolfgang Buechner.
The protests in Germany are part of a global ‘climate strike’ by the Fridays for Future group, which was inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg’s protests outside Parliament in Stockholm.
Darya Sotoodeh, a spokesperson for the group, accused Germany’s transport minister of paying too much attention to the country’s auto industry at the expense of affordable public transport. Last year the government agreed to introduce a nationwide public transport ticket costing 49 euros (£43) a month, but bus and train companies say it is not sustainable without further government subsidies.
Police escort one of the demonstrators off the road
The police come by and speak to the middle-aged man, who appears to be explaining the situation
Public transport unions, whose members went on strike in parts of Germany on Friday to demand higher wages, expressed support for the climate protest.
In October, eco-demonstrators glued themselves to the floor of a Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, northern Germany.
Nine activists from the Scientist Rebellion group broke into Autostadt, a museum and car showroom opposite Volkswagen’s main plant, and glued themselves to the floor of the Porsche pavilion.
They promised to continue their protest until Volkswagen agreed to lobby ministers to decarbonise the transport industry.
In August, German police used batons, pepper spray and water cannons against a group of eco-zeavers during a sit-down protest on a major railway line in Hamburg.
Dozens of protesters, led by the eco-mob Ende Gelande – which translates to ‘here and no further’ – sought to disrupt the great northern city by blocking the Kattwyk railway bridge, which leads to the nearby harbour.
Prior to their action, Extinction Rebellion, which was also involved, said: “We are blocking a central hub of German foreign trade here to draw attention to the consequences of modern colonialism.”
The sit-down on the bridge was one in a series of blockades involving more than 1,000 people in various locations, intended to “interrupt freight traffic” in protest against “the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure and colonial supply chains” .
The protesters’ main complaint was a slew of new LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminals that “should cover the German coast.”