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Extinction Rebellion activists protest in Bregenz. Police steps in

Extinction Rebellion activists protest in Bregenz. Police steps in

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Maja Kozłowska,
09.05.2024 13:30

"Such a form of civil disobedience has been a catalyst for change numerous times throughout history," explained the activists from the Austrian faction of Extinction Rebellion, who staged a peaceful demonstration outside the Landhaus in Bregenz.

Extinction Rebellion is a radical activist group that primarily focuses on climate and ecology issues, although it also engages in social causes. It is one of the most well-known international movements and is known to be just as controversial as the Last Generation.

Their actions have included sticking themselves to paintings, blocking roads, setting up encampments in the middle of the city, and even dyeing water with special paints. These are just a few examples of the types of actions that Extinction Rebellion activists have been known to take.

The activists organise regular protests worldwide. Currently, members of the Austrian branch of Extinction Rebellion have gathered in Bregenz, the capital of Vorarlberg—Austria's westernmost state—to express their opposition to investment in fossil fuels.

Extinction Rebellion regularly organises protests worldwide. Recently, the Austrian branch of the ER staged a protest in Bregenz, the capital of Vorarlberg, the westernmost state of Austria. The protesters gathered to demonstrate their disagreement with investing in fossil fuels.

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Police steps in to disperse the protesters

Activists from Extinction Rebellion protested outside the Landhaus in Bregenz on 8 May. The protest was not officially declared.

"We chained ourselves together because the investment in fossil fuel megaprojects is chaining us all in Vorarlberg to a bleak future," said Martina Eisendle, spokeswoman for the group. "Such a form of civil disobedience has been a catalyst for change numerous times throughout history," she added.

"1.58 degrees Celsius warmer than from 1850 to 1900 and the hottest twelve-month period ever measured on Earth: that is the balance sheet from March 2023 to March of this year. But we are concerned with much more than combating the tunnel-spider. It is about global climate justice and the necessary end to the unethical exploitation of resources to maximise the profits of a few individuals and at the expense of those who are already most affected by the consequences of the climate crisis," the activists wrote.

"For months, people have been trying to prevent us from our legitimate peaceful protest by erecting barriers. That is why we are now chaining ourselves to these bars, which not only symbolise the walls in the minds of many decision-makers but also physically block our path to democracy. Building this absurd tunnel spider project against all scientific recommendations is tantamount to actively denying the climate crisis," the Extinction Rebellion activists further explain.

After some time, the police stepped in and dispersed the protesters. It's interesting to note that the group of Austrian activists included a significant number of older people.

Source: VOL.at

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