US News International Automotive Exhibition: IAA protests: activists ropes off from bridges - highways temporarily blocked

15:30  07 september  2021
15:30  07 september  2021 Source:   handelsblatt.com

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The opponents of the Automesse IAA tighten their protest and threaten with other blockages. The traffic on the highways around Munich is partially quiet.

Aktivisten und Aktivistinnen protestieren gegen die Automesse IAA und blockieren dafür Autobahnen. © dpa activists and activists protest against the automatic IAA and block highways.

For the official prelude of the international automotive exhibition (IAA), climate activists aggravated their protestations. Around Munich, demonstrators rope from several highway bridges. The highways had to be locked temporarily. "It's a dangerous situation," a police spokeswoman said to the Handelsblatt. The police were in use and have partially locked the streets.

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In the run-up to the automatic fair, numerous initiatives had announced protests. The authorities are available more than 50 assembly displays. The initiative "Sand in Transmission" and other groups have also announced a blockade of the fair for Friday.

"On Friday we want to block the fair with thousands of people and prevent their smooth running," an activist of the "sand in the gearbox" initiative said on Monday in Munich.

Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) had recently announced a strong police use: "In the top, up to 4,500 police officers will provide security during the IAA in Munich."

On Tuesday, police forces had to, among other things, because of the highway Action massively intervene. Activists hanged on various bridges in the direction of the fair transparent, on which, for example, "IAA Mobility - canceled". The aim of the action is among other things to "protest against the further expansion of highways and the inaction of transport policy in the face of the climate crisis, as well as a real road to the road," said it was in a message of activists.

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at a protest of Greenpeace also rose on Tuesday morning 14 demonstrators with posters in the small artificial lake in front of the Munich Messe. On the tablets were pictures of floods and forest fires of recent years, also slogans like "The Climate Crise starts here". The police represented at the exhibition grounds granted the activists, after about half an hour they left the cold water.

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"The German car industry continues to fuel the climate crisis", Greenpeace traffic expert Benjamin Stephan criticized. "With its ruthless shops, VW, Mercedes-Benz and BMW coincides the freedom of young people. So that changes, the companies need much faster away from climate-damaging internal combustion engines. "

The Association of the German Automotive Industry (VDA) criticizes the protests. "Violence and coercion we reject," said VDA President Hildegard Müller. However, the industry is ready for dialogue with those who believe that. The fair show "the way to climate-neutral mobility."

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The protests should continue in the next few days. For Saturday, a bicycle star ride is registered, where the organizers expect 50,000 participants.

The IAA takes place for the first time in Munich. At the fair, it is stronger than before also new mobility concepts. The focus is on new electric cars this time. Activist groups reject a pure change to the new drive type and urge instead to reduce traffic overall.

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Traffic forecast: Traffic congestion by late vacationers and construction sites .
are empty, the streets are not despite a holiday end next weekend (17.-19. September). Late vacationers use the post-season, the warm early autumn attracts the day trip. In addition, there are so many construction sites as rare - according to the ADAC , it is more than 960. © Markus Scholz / Archive / DPA In the next few days, excursions, late vacationers and construction sites could provide standing or stalling traffic. A stove oath is Friday afternoon, explains the Auto Club Europa (ACE).

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