On Monday morning there were again large protests in Vienna and Lower Austria with climate stickers on the streets. Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) responded with sharp words and announced countermeasures.
“In the future, the police will equip themselves with a new approach and heavy equipment so that these blockade actions can be combated with all possible consistency,” Nehammer said. According to him, climate adhesives even covered the concrete on the street on Monday.
He showed no understanding for this: “The climate is not protected by such actions, but rather polluted. The social climate is also being poisoned.”
He has no understanding for blocking highways, “which causes enormous economic damage and also causes higher CO₂ emissions.”
The climate is global and not national. “The blockade campaign completely misses the goal of environmental and climate protection and does no good to anyone except frustration and anger.” The police are therefore encouraged to take more forceful action against these blockages in the future.
Mikl-Leitner calls for harsher penalties
Nehammer received support from his party colleague Johanna Mikl-Leitner. “I maintain: this form of protest is not normal. This is radical, reckless and unfortunately also life-threatening. Mrs Zadic (Minister of Justice Alma Zadić, Greens, note) finally needs tougher sentences,” said the governor of Lower Austria.
Landbauer attacks the Minister of the Interior
Her deputy Udo Landbauer (FPÖ) saw a “complete failure” by Interior Minister Gerald Karner (ÖVP). He failed spectacularly with his ‘leave it stick’ policy. The Viennese regional parties of the FPÖ and ÖVP also criticized the activists in broadcasts and called for harsher punishments.
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