VW climate protesters demand come to ‘pee and defecate’

Climate protesters who glued themselves to the floor of a Volkswagen showroom in Germany are ordered to use the toilet – but are now complaining that the company has refused to give the group “a bowl to urinate and defecate”.

Gianluca Grimalda, a researcher at the Kiel Institute think tank and member of climate protest group Scientist Rebellion, posted on Twitter on Wednesday that 15 people had “occupied the Porsche pavilion” in the Autostadt museum next to the carmaker’s factory in Wolfsburg.

“Nine of us floored and some of us on hunger strike until our demands to decarbonise Germany’s transport sector are met,” he wrote.

“[Volkswagen] told us they supported our right to protest, but they refused our request to give us a bowl to urinate and defecate properly while we are glued, and turned off the heating.”

He later complained that “we can’t order our food, we have to use the food provided by Volkswagen”. “Lights out. Random unannounced checks by guards with bright torches. The police just got in,” he wrote.

In a final update around 2am local time, Grimalda shared a photo of the group getting ready for their first night of sleep.

It was unclear whether any of the group had urinated or defecate at the time.

Grimalda’s post elicited little sympathy online.

“Oh dear, so if I’ve caused other people to miss appointments and essential everyday things… [you’re] now miss your appointments with the toilet and can’t get essential things like food. Funny thing karma!” one Twitter user wrote.

On its website, Scientist Rebellion calls for “nonviolent civil disobedience to demand emergency decarbonization and degrowth, facilitated by wealth redistribution”.

“To achieve decarbonisation on the required scale, economic degrowth is needed, at least in the short term,” reads a “demand letter” with more than 200 signatories.

“This does not necessarily require a reduction in living standards.

“For a just transition, the cost of degrowth must be paid by the richest, who have benefited immensely from the current destructive world order, while others have suffered the consequences. A just transition to a sustainable system requires that the wealth of the 1 percent be used for the common good.”

It comes after a spate of high-profile protests and disruptions by climate protesters, including blocking traffic and damaging priceless works of art.

Earlier this month, 25 members of Just Stop Oil were arrested after blocking traffic in London, on the sixth consecutive day of protest by the group.

Footage on social media showed enraged motorists clashing with protesters, in some cases physically dragging them off the road.

“The climate crisis is having a disproportionate effect on people who are already marginalised, including gay people,” said Oliver Clegg, 19, a student from Manchester who had his hand on the road. the guard.

“The climate crisis is a weird issue, and we’re not going to stand by and let it happen. Civil resistance is a powerful expression of queerness. We encourage queer people to join us in the civil resistance.”

Last week, two protesters from the same group were arrested after throwing tomato soup at Vincent van Gogh’s sunflowers painting in the National Gallery in London.

In Australia, protest group Blockade Australia carried out a series of major disruptions earlier this year, including the blocking of the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

Mali Cooper, 22, who made headlines after allegedly strapping her neck to the wheel of a car in the Harbor Tunnel in June, had all her charges dropped last month after her lawyer claimed she was suffering from climate change-induced illness. fear.

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