On May 16, 2023, police take away a climate activist from “Letzte Generation” (Last Generation), who had stuck in a street in Berlin.
German investigators have launched a nationwide raid on members of the climate activist group Last Generation, the Munich prosecutor’s office announced on Wednesday.
A total of 15 properties in seven German states were raided as part of the raids carried out on behalf of the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office (LKA) and the Munich Public Prosecutor’s Office, authorities said.
Four searches took place in Berlin, three in Bavaria and three in Hesse. There were other actions in Hamburg, Magdeburg, Dresden and Schleswig-Holstein, authorities said.
The Munich public prosecutor’s office said it had opened a preliminary investigation “due to numerous criminal complaints from the population” against a total of seven defendants aged 22 to 38, “charged with training or supporting a criminal organization”. Notifications had been received since mid-2022.
Specifically, the defendants are accused of organizing a fundraising campaign to fund “other crimes” for Last Generation, advertising it on its website, and raising at least $1.4 million. euros ($1.5 million) in donations.
Two defendants are also suspected of having attempted to sabotage the Trieste-Ingolstadt oil pipeline in April 2022, according to the LKA.
Last Generation activists have been blocking roads across Germany for about a year by sticking to the streets. Other campaigns have targeted works of art. The climate protection organization says its protests are exclusively non-violent.