December 4, 2022

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Climate activists stuck in Volkswagen showroom for two days: 'We didn't even get a pee bowl'

Climate activists stuck in Volkswagen showroom for two days: ‘We didn’t even get a pee bowl’

A group of nine scientists perform climate procedures for two days in the showroom of the Volkswagen Autostadt plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. Activists put themselves on the ground to tackle the bad consequences of carbon dioxide emissions in the automobile sector. They are not happy with the way Volkswagen treats them: “We weren’t even given a pot to work decently and in a decent way.”

Nine members of the “Scientific Rebellion” group have occupied the showroom of the German Volkswagen plant since Wednesday. Activists stuck themselves to the ground around some expensive and polluting Porsche cars.

The protesters, all of whom are scientists, are touching on the impact of carbon dioxide emissions from the automotive sector on climate change and are targeting Volkswagen because it is the biggest player and therefore a polluter in the European market. They only want to stop their work if the government complies with their demands: a speed limit on German motorways and cheaper public transport. According to them, Volkswagen itself should do more to decarbonize the transport sector. Some activists reinforce their activism with hunger strikes.

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The protesters will soon go into their second night, in completely uncomfortable conditions. According to them, the company had upheld their right to protest, but on the first night all the lights in the showroom were turned off and the heating was off. The security guards would come at random times during the night with flashlights pointed at them. They also don’t like the fact that Volkswagen didn’t respond to their request for a “pot to make our knuckle in a decent way while we’re glued”. Gianluca Grimalda, a sociologist at the Kiel Research Institute who is involved in the event, wrote this on Twitter.

According to Grimalda, the nine activists who were stuck in the lobby of the car are supported by six other members of the Scholars’ Rebellion, but they cannot enter to provide food or any other aid to their comrades-in-arms. “We can’t order our food and we have to eat what Volkswagen serves us,” Grimalda continues.

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