During protests against the IAA Mobility auto show in Munich, there were clashes with the police. The officials used batons and pepper spray against demonstrators on Friday morning. According to a police spokesman, IAA opponents are said to have tried to break through a police cordon on Theresienwiese.
There is a camp for IAA critics in the area where Oktoberfest normally takes place. Hundreds of activists and other demonstrators left there on Friday morning. The police were there with a large contingent, the number of officers, according to observers, significantly exceeded that of the demonstrators. Like the first, a second demonstration train that wanted to leave from the climate camp initially returned there. Shortly before noon a demonstration train left the Theresienwiese again.
In addition, a group of climate activists temporarily blocked the special BlueLane lane set up for the trade fair on the A94 motorway, which runs past the trade fair. At the same time, activists demonstrated on Munich’s Königsplatz, one of the IAA exhibition locations outside the exhibition grounds.
Activists had already put up banners on several motorways in the Munich area on Tuesday and roped down on some bridges. The highways had to be temporarily closed because of this.
Further blockades and disruptive actions planned
Further blockades and disruptive actions at the IAA have been announced. A police spokesman said that crimes would be dealt with consistently. Police barriers are not just “recommendations”. Climate activists, on the other hand, criticized the police’s actions and spoke of “massive violence” on the part of the police, which they “do not want to be intimidated” by.
Whether someone was injured in the clashes was initially open, neither the police nor the “Sand in the Gears” alliance could provide information.
The debate about the protests has also reached a political level: the Greens in the state parliament accompanied the protests as “parliamentary observers”. The MP Claudia Köhler, criticized the action of the police on the Theresienwiese as “inappropriate”.
In contrast, CSU general secretary Markus Blume had already tweeted on Wednesday: “Bridge climbers will remain locked up until the end of the fair! That’s how it works in Bavaria!”
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