The "Last Generation" could not have shown their understanding of democracy better than with their action on Saturday: members of the radical group smeared black paint on the "Basic Law 49" monument by Israeli artist Dani Karavan at the Jakob-Kaiser-Haus in the Bundestag in Berlin ; the 19 fundamental rights articles of the 1949 constitution are engraved on glass panels.
One cannot have both, the use of fossil fuels and the protection of fundamental rights, according to the climate Sudler, that is the message of this action with symbolic "oil". They referred to the climate judgment of the Constitutional Court of 2021: On the basis of Article Two of the Basic Law, the state has the obligation to “protect life and health from the dangers of climate change”.
It is now well known that the fanatics are not far from accepting democratic rules. It is also not surprising that the group continues to turn the escalation screw: as is well known, they have achieved nothing by coercing drivers, as is often the case.
The most recent action, on the other hand, attracts at least some attention. However, the group is likely to have lost a lot of sympathy in the camp in which one would most likely suspect content-related points of contact or at least a basic understanding of their concern: with red-green. Reactions from the two governing parties, the SPD and the Greens, were noticeably sharp - and suggest a clearer withdrawal movement than before.
This is how SPD politician Michael Roth classified the action in an unusually hearty way: "You shit on basic rights, destroy art like the Taliban and still feel like heroes!" Green leader Ricarda Lang let the group know that the action was " just next to it".
The Bundestag President Bärbel Bas, who belongs to the left wing of the SPD, pointed out “shocked” that the “last generation” relies on the fundamental rights of freedom of expression and assembly. Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, who is also located in the left-wing SPD camp, drew the right conclusion in the "Bild am Sonntag": The "completely unworthy action" must now "be consistently prosecuted".
The latter is actually self-evident - and would have been appropriate after many other actions. So far, the impression has been that the state is largely letting the climate disruptors do as they please. If the appeasement course of the green mayor of Hanover, who made a "deal" with the group, catches on, that would be fatal.
The rule of law must finally put a stop to these despisers of democracy.
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