Climate protesters glue themselves to Porsche museum but needed to go potty

Climate activists protesting industries and governments have had a busy summer in Europe. A relentless team called Just Stop Oil in the UK has been disrupting everything from major motorways to the British Formula 1 Grand Prix, and recently threw tomato soup at a Van Gogh painting in the National Gallery in London. Across the Channel, the Tour de France cycle race was forced to pause in several stages by climate activists glued to the road. Across the western border, a group called Scientist Rebellion took the sticky route when nine members taped their hands to the floor of the Porsche Pavilion at the Volkswagen Autostadt Museum in Wolfsburg on Thursday.
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The protesters have several requests for VW CEO Oliver Blume, as detailed in a Twitter thread about the event, including: support for limiting the speed limit on German autobahns to 100 kilometers per hour; accelerated efforts by VW to reduce its CO2 emissions; canceling the debt and interest payments “that the global South owes to VW”; and "to put pressure on the [government] to comply with our demands".
Such protests are so common that there is now a standard back and forth. A group is disrupting traffic or making a scene. The authorities are involved almost immediately. The media follows and captures the commotion as the protesters are untaped or unleashed or coaxed. The Autostadt is a VW gem in the middle of the Wolfsburg factory complex, with the huge glass storage tower where finished vehicles await delivery and pavilions for Audi, Seat, Lamborghini and Porsche. This should make it the perfect place for back and forth, a magnet for police operations and the media.
Instead, the VW Museum staff ignored the playbook. Instead of immediately calling the Wolfsburg police, the staff "acknowledged the right to protest," then closed the pavilion for the evening and left - turning off the lights and heating as they exited.
Britain's Outlet Express, which is probably fed up with this happening on its own shores and not inclined to charity, wrote that the protesters "were asking for medical attention because their hands were sore and moaning that they won't go to the toilet." could". The newspaper interviewed a protester who said of the staff: "They refused our request to provide us with a bowl to urinate and defecate in a decent way while we are glued" and: "We can have our food." don't order it, we have to use one from Volkswagen. Light off. Unannounced random checks by security personnel with bright flashlights.”
What Express left out was that the reason it was able to interview a protester was because he had been removed due to a possible medical issue and was being held by police. The remaining eight protesters, along with six members of the Scientist Rebellion who were not taped, stayed in place all night into Friday morning. The latest post on the outfit's Twitter page at the time of writing said police had arrived in the morning to arrest everyone. According to the German outlet Welt, “the police then took action against the other activists on Friday. Criminal proceedings were initiated for trespassing, coercion and property damage.”
Seems CEO Blume didn't have a chance to stop by beforehand. And stay tuned until the protesters show up with backpacks full of groceries and toiletries and buckets full of cat litter.
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