Several people from the environmental group “Last Generation” burst onto the track and stuck to the tarmac
At least 13 flights had to be diverted from Berlin Brandenburg Airport on Thursday after several eco-activists burst onto the runway and glued themselves to the tarmac in protest against greenhouse gas emissions.
Environmental group ‘Last Generation’ has since claimed responsibility for the brazen act and explained it as an attempt to persuade the public to stop air travel and force the government to stop subsidizing air travel. The same group was responsible for recent attacks on priceless paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet.
“In an airport area that is not open to the public, we encountered several people who had previously gained unauthorized access and some stuck (to the tarmac),” Berlin police announced on Twitter after the activists were arrested and evicted from the premises and the airport was able to resume operations after being closed for nearly two hours.
An airport spokesman said the group of activists, which included a 70-year-old man, were able to enter the runway from two points north and south. He could not say exactly how many flights were affected by the incident, but the airport operating company said at least 13 flights had to be diverted to nearby airports.
Last Generation has been responsible for several protests in the German capital in recent weeks and has blocked public roads and intersections. German Transport Minister Volker Wissing noted that the Last Generation protests were becoming “increasingly unscrupulous” and insisted that the company could not accept such behavior.
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