Hamburg's mayor Peter Tschentscher has condemned the paint attack by climate activists from the Last Generation group on the town hall. "The methods of the so-called last generation are becoming increasingly questionable," said the SPD politician on Thursday. The initiative discredits itself as a serious discussion partner. "With the paint attack on Hamburg City Hall, it is directed against a central place in our democratic constitution," emphasized Tschentscher.
The Senate Chancellery has filed criminal charges for all possible crimes. The actions of the last generation were causing great damage and dividing society, the mayor warned. "The repeated traffic blockades lead to additional CO2 emissions and undermine social acceptance of climate protection in Germany." The Hamburg security authorities continued to act consistently against the actions of the "last generation". "Your crimes are not trivial and must be sanctioned accordingly by the judiciary."
Activists of the "Last Generation" had on Thursday - a day before the Hamburg visit of the British King Charles III. and his wife Camilla - spray-painted City Hall orange. In the morning they distributed the paint filled in fire extinguishers at the main portal on the Rathausmarkt. The royal couple, accompanied by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender, want to sign the city's golden book in the city hall on Friday.