Germany: Protesters set fire to model of Deutsche Bank logo
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The Fridays for Future movement, set up by environmentalist Greta Thunberg, saw thousands of protesters descend on Frankfurt demanding banks and other financial companies to end their investments in environmentally damaging stocks. The protest, held ahead of a separate Extinction Rebellion demonstration targeting the City of London towards the end of August, saw camps erected in the Weseler Werft park with organisers working with authorities to ensure the camp is safe and hygienic for 1,000 people. Protesters also stood in front of a Deutsche Bank office and set alight a giant logo of the bank.
Friday for Future organisers claim around 15,000 protesters attended the event which came from around 70 cities across Europe.
Greenpeace and chairwoman of political party Die Linke, Janine Wissler, were believed to have also attended the event.
Many protesters were forced to travel to Frankfurt via bus due to the ongoing rail strikes across Germany with many choosing the city due to its bustling financial district.
Demonstrators demanded companies ended their fossil fuel investments and instead back renewable energy companies or greener firms.
Parts of Europe have also seen record temperatures due to weather fluctuations with Sicily, if confirmed, set to have recorded Europe’s highest ever temperature at 48.8C.
Protesters warn the fluctuations, which has caused wildfires in Greece, will become more common unless more is done to tackle climate change.
Masked protesters dressed in suits set up outside Deutsche Bank HQ in Frankfurt where they set alight a giant logo of the corporation.
Behind it, placards and signs read: “Don’t burn our future.”
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The Friday for Future movement was set up by Greta Thunberg which urges people to skip work or other responsibilities on Friday and protest for climate change.
Also known as School Strike for Climate, the movement is popular on the European continent with places like France, Spain and Germany seeing regular protests emerge.
In the UK, climate change demonstrators Extinction Rebellion say they are planning a similar two-week protest targeting the City of London on August 23.
The motives are the same as the German protest which will seek to put pressure on companies who are invested in fossil fuels and other “dirty” industries.
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Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said police will give a “firm but fair” response to the protest as she recalled the disruptive 2019 protests during an LBC interview.
She told the station: “Many people may be very interested in the cause; I don’t think London supports hugely disruptive protests which cause people not to be able to go around their normal business at all.
“And the fact that they’ve chosen to do it over the August Bank Holiday, which for us is always our peak weekend of the year, is extremely frustrating, frankly.”
Extinction Rebellion is carrying out the protests as several members have seen their convictions dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service following protest arrests.
Judge Mark Dennis QC was concerned appeals against prosecutions and the upcoming protest would taking up “precious court time” and said he was “concerned” about those on remand awaiting trial.
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