Protesters attach themselves to Berlin runways, triggering security review at airports

Berlin: Authorities in Germany are reviewing security measures at Berlin’s airport a day after six climate activists invaded the grounds and briefly disrupted flights.

Police stated that four protestors remained on the ground near the runway and two others cycled through the compound. Uprising of the Last Generation claimed responsibility for the numerous roadblockades and other stunts it has used to raise awareness about climate change.

Airport vehicles with flashing lights stand on the tarmac at BER Brandenburg International Airport, November 24, 2012.Credit:Getty Images

German news agency DPA quoted a spokesperson for Berlin Brandenburg Airport as saying that the incident of Thursday (Friday AEDT), was being reviewed in order to determine if further action is required.

The group said it wanted to highlight the problem of fossil fuel subsidies, such as for jet fuel, which allow a minority of the world’s population to fly while the majority suffer the consequences of climate change stoked by greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the report, the activists informed police about their plans before they entered the airport grounds.


The protest was widely criticised by German politicians across political lines, though Martin Schirdewan, an MEP and co-leader of The Left party, said the activists had “put their finger on the wound of political inaction in view of the climate catastrophe”.

Police detained five men and one women aged between 20 and 32, according to police. Five people were released and the sixth remains in custody. The six suspects are being investigated for trespassing, property damage, and endangering air traffic.

Authorities at the airport stated that 15 planes had been diverted to other airports, while five departures were delayed. According to airport officials, the disruption affected approximately 750 passengers.

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