On Monday, the district court of Heilbronn sentenced two climate activists to prison terms of two and three months respectively because of a road blockade. The two men had stuck their hands on a street in Heilbronn in early February. After the decision, which was made in an accelerated procedure, the group "Last Generation" spoke of a "dam burst" and announced protests across Germany.
The sentences were not suspended because the two activists had already been noticed for similar crimes. Two women and a man who also took part in the road blockade were fined 60 daily rates. Heilbronn is taking part in a model project in Baden-Württemberg in which accelerated processes are being tested.
According to the police, there was another road blockade on an arterial road in Heilbronn on Monday afternoon. The previously convicted had announced that they wanted to interrupt traffic again. "Our government is obliged by the Basic Law to protect our lives, but at the moment it is fueling the climate catastrophe that will destroy all of our lives," explained Rüdiger Einholz, one of the two.
The climate activists of the group will no longer carry out protest actions in Tübingen. The spokesman said on Monday.
The agreement was the result of a conversation between Tübingen's Mayor Boris Palmer (Greens, party membership suspended) and four activists from the "Last Generation" at the end of February. Palmer himself published his response to the activists on Facebook after the conversation. He supports the group's proposal to "carry out citizen participation at federal level for a climate protection package with the goal of climate neutrality by 2030".
After Hanover, Tübingen and Marburg are the next cities to join forces with the group.