Climate protestors glue themselves to the Porsche museum but need to go to the potty
Climate change activists protesting against industry and government have had a busy summer in Europe. A nonstop outfit called Just Stop Oil in the UK has created disruption everywhere from major motorways to British Formula 1 grand openingand more recently, they throw tomato soup at a van Gogh painting at the National Gallery in London. Across the Channel, the Tour de France cycling race was forced to halt for several stages by climate activists, who were glued to the pavement. On the eastern border of France, a group known as the The rebellious scientist took the hard way when the nine members glued their hands to the floor of Porsche booth at Volkswagen’s Autostadt Museum in Wolfsburg on Thursday.
Protesters have a number of demands VW Oliver Blume Group CEO listed in a Twitter thread about the event, among them: support the maximum speed limit on German highways to 100 km/h (62 mph); accelerate VW’s moves to reduce its carbon footprint emissions; cancellation of debt and interest payments “VW by Global South”; and pressure [government] to comply with our requirements. “
Such protests take place so often that there is now a back-and-forth preparation. A group disrupting traffic or making a scene. Authorities were called in almost immediately. The media watched, capturing the riot as the protesters were disinterested or fickle or enticed. The Autostadt is a VW gem in the middle of the Wolfsburg factory complex, with its giant glass storage tower that shuffles finished cars awaiting delivery and booths for AudiChair, Lamborghiniand Porsche. This should have made it a perfect place for traffic, a magnet for police and media intervention.
Instead, staff at the VW museum ignored the book. Instead of calling Wolfsburg police immediately, the staff “recognized the right to protest,” then closed the stall for the evening and left – turning off the lights and heating when they stepped outside.
The Stores in the UK Show, likely sick as this happened on its own shores and with no charitable inclinations, wrote that protesters “begged for medical treatment because their hands hurt and groaned that they can’t go to the bathroom.” The newspaper interviewed one protester who said of the staff, “They refused our request to provide us with a bowl so that we could properly urinate and defecate while we were taped. glue” and, “We couldn’t order our food, we had to use one provided by Volkswagen. The lights were off. Random unannounced check-in by security guards with bright torches.”
What? Show the other is that the reason it was able to interview a protester is because he has been removed for an underlying medical problem and is in police custody. The remaining eight protesters, along with six Rebel Scientist members, who were not glued to their eyes, remained in position through the night into Friday morning. The most recent post on the outfit’s Twitter page at the time of writing said the police arrived in the morning to arrest everyone. According to German outlet Swelling“Police then took action against other activists on Friday. Criminal proceedings have been initiated for trespassing, coercion and property damage.”
Looks like CEO Blume didn’t get a chance to pass before that. And keep an eye out for protesters who start showing up with backpacks of food and toiletries and crates full of kittens.