Friday 14, April
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61 arrested after climate activists hijack hotel balcony
The Hotel Adlon on Pariser Platz in Berlin attracts some very famous and privileged people. On his recent visit to Germany, King Charles III stayed in one of the rooms and it was from a window in this same hotel that Michael Jackson once dangled his baby to the delight and concern of fans crowded below. On Thursday, however, it was the site of a new protest action by the activist group Extinction Rebellion. They got onto the balcony, let off smoke bombs and unfurled a large banner bearing the message: “We can’t afford the super rich”.
They unfurled a large banner bearing the message: “We can’t afford the super rich”.
A spokesperson from the hotel confirmed that the climate activists had booked a room for two nights at the premises and, while police put an end to the protest after just a few minutes, there were other similar actions happening nearby. Activists from Last Generation and Extinction Rebellion smeared several building with a black, oil-like liquid to protest the ongoing destruction of the environment through the use of fossil fuels. A statement from Last Generation confirming that 30 locations had been targeted, including offices of companies like Shell, Bayer and Vattenfall.
Since Wednesday, Extinction Rebellion has organised a climate camp at Invalidenpark and using it as a base for their ongoing “spring rebellion” series of actions which is scheduled to last until April 17.