Protest Stunt By Nine German Tree-Hugger “Idiots” Lead To Huge Highway Traffic Jam, One “Horror Crash”

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From environmental heroes – to national shame

The whole publicity stunt was probably supposed to go something like as follows: To protest against forest clearance to make way for a new stretch of autobahn, a group of 9 masked German tree-huggers would rappel from a speedway overpass and hang a banner demanding that the planned deforestation be stopped. And for their courageous activism, they’d surely make the regional news – maybe even the national news – and draw needed attention to man’s ruthless destruction of nature. Of course they’d be adored by the public as environmental heroes. They’d maybe even hold press conferences – and be surrounded by TV cameras and mikes.

Except for the national attention, things didn’t quite work out that way for the group of German radical environmentalist tree-huggers after tragedy struck.

According German daily Bild here, they ended up causing an 8-kilometer traffic jam and one “horror accident” as a 29-year old driver suffered serious injuries and had to be airlifted to a trauma center.

One German national daily labelled the activists as environmental idiots.

Image cropped from Bild online here

According to Bild, the “anti-autobahn activists” blocked the A3 autobahn near Idstein as two of them “rappelled off an overpass” and hung a banner across it. Their publicity stunt caused the fast moving traffic to jam to a sudden halt, causing an 8-kilomter traffic jam. The 29-year old driver mentioned above failed to noticed the end of the traffic jam in time and crashed into the rear of a truck.

“A 29-year-old drove into the end of the traffic jam and his Skoda crashed into the back of a truck – the man was seriously injured,” online Bild reports.

“Horror crash because of this idiot,” was the headline in Bild’s hard copy print edition this morning, with an arrow pointing at a young female activist hanging from the overpass. Another Bild photo showed authorities dragging off one of the protesters.

The online Bild here also reports that one protester is still being detained by the police. But: “Six have been released.”

“A protest that endangers human life has no legitimacy,” said Home Secretary of Hesse, Peter Beuth. “Anyone who endangers his fellow citizen has to be punished severely.”




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9 responses to “Protest Stunt By Nine German Tree-Hugger “Idiots” Lead To Huge Highway Traffic Jam, One “Horror Crash””

  1. bonbon

    Anyone can check the activist website – it openly calls for :

    With our text message notification system we want to mobilize human-animals when treecuts or evictions are abt to happen. In this case we will need as many people as possible to come and join us.

    Human-animals? Now where did that identity come from? Huxley’s Brave New World maybe?

    1. Josh

      The Hobbesian view of humanity. Just what the empire loves

      1. bonbon

        Animal rights takes on a whole new meaning 🙂

    2. Yonason

      “Human-animals? Now where did that identity come from?” – bonbon

      I think it’s a good bet it came from their own demented imagination.

      “Animal rights takes on a whole new meaning” – bonbon

      For the “human-animals” at the expense of the humans? At least until the leadership they enable takes over, who will then purge them, because they are troublemakers, after all – and only the leaders have any rights, though even that isn’t guaranteed.
      https://thepeoplescube.com/peoples-blog/when-only-some-lives-matter-then-no-lives-matter-t22020.html
      (One of the infrequent serious pieces at that otherwise satirical site)

      1. bonbon

        No, not their own, rather borrowed from Huxley and Hobbes, British.

        The Ayn Rand version of rugged individualism, mainstream non-partisan US consensus, is just Hobbes with an accent. Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” is a recipe for the takedown of western industrial society, seen in action here in the EU at the autobahn.

        Have a look at Huxley’s fellow traveler Well’s The Island of Doctor Moreau

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Island_of_Doctor_Moreau

        for “human-animals”.

        Wells’ day job was MI6 chief.

      2. bonbon

        See H. G. Wells’ Island of Doctor Moreau :
        “Not to go on all-fours; that is the Law. Are we not men?
        Not to suck up Drink; that is the Law. Are we not men?
        Not to eat Fish or Flesh; that is the Law. Are we not men?
        Not to claw the Bark of Trees; that is the Law. Are we not men?
        Not to chase other Men; that is the Law. Are we not men?”

        Human animals was the theme of the story.
        Wells’ day job was MI6, British Secret Service chief. Maybe he was describing his work environment on the island?

  2. John F Hultquist

    Will any of the protesters be punished?
    How about a year in jail for every day the injured person is in the hospital or needing treatment.

  3. pochas94

    Those protesters should have their iPhones taken away. Protest that!!

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