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Climate activists find a way to get Germany's attention: Stop traffic

By Christopher F. Schuetze

02 Jan 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Climate activists have attracted enormous attention in Germany by using ever more extreme tactics. In the process they've alienated almost everyone in politics and much of the public, the NYT reports.

Berlin — The radical climate activists tried hunger strikes. They glued themselves to famous paintings. They tried to disrupt a classical concert. They confronted lawmakers trying to enter parliament. They even desecrated an official Christmas tree of the city of Berlin.

It took them donning neon vests, walking into traffic at rush hour and gluing themselves to the streets in Berlin and Munich, causing miles-long backups and bringing drivers to murderous rage, to make their protest impossible to ignore.

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