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Climate activists in Bavaria have to spend Christmas in custody

In Munich, ten climate activists from the group "Last Generation" were taken into long-term police custody after blockade actions.

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Climate activists in Bavaria have to spend Christmas in custody

In Munich, ten climate activists from the group "Last Generation" were taken into long-term police custody after blockade actions. The district court reviewed and confirmed the order, the police said on Thursday. The activists between the ages of 15 and 18 will be released between Christmas Eve and January 5, 2023.

The ten got stuck on a street in the Bavarian capital on Wednesday, blocking traffic. In doing so, they violated a general decree of the city, which bans adhesive protests on all roads that are particularly critical for rescue operations and so-called hazard prevention measures, as well as on motorways, until January 8th.

According to the information, the activists who have now been taken into custody were previously involved in similar actions, and they wanted to carry out more by January 5th. They were also reported for coercion and violation of the general decree. However, an activist who had been in custody since December 6 was released early on Wednesday.

"This is one of the last Christmases that we can come to our senses and take responsibility to end the destructive course," said Judith Beadle, one of the activists who was ordered to be held in custody until January 5. "I'd rather not celebrate Christmas with my children than watch their future being stolen from them," she added.

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