The mayor of Berlin called on climate protesters not to disrupt Sunday’s marathon in his city. The Letzte Generation group has announced measures, but according to Mayor Kai Wegner, residents of the German capital are not looking forward to it. “This will anger many Berliners.”
Jill Letzte is angry at the German government’s negative stance in the fight against climate change and draws attention to the climate crisis with controversial measures. Activists regularly occupy roads by plastering themselves with asphalt. Earlier this week, they painted Berlin’s famous Brandenburg Gate, where marathon runners finish every year, orange. On Friday, Letzte Generation confirmed plans to disrupt the marathon.
“I don’t even want to think about it: a disruptive measure could even prevent a world marathon record from being set,” Mayor Wegener said on Saturday. Last year, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a world record in Berlin and will participate again on Sunday. Nearly 48,000 people are participating in the race this year, a larger number than ever before in Berlin.
Wegener warns climate protesters that there are legal consequences for their actions. The city deployed about six hundred police officers on Sunday to maintain order. In the mayor’s eyes, Gil Liezzetti’s actions do not contribute to achieving climate goals, which he also says he supports. It is feared that citizens’ support for climate action will decrease due to their provocative actions, because police action will cost the city and state a lot of money.
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