Federal Interior Minister Nancy Feather demanded that those responsible be prosecuted. “Such stupidity is extremely harmful to climate protection.” Last generation activists doused a three-meter-tall installation titled “Basic Law 49” by Israeli artist Dani Karavan with a black oil-like liquid. Installed near the building of the Bundestag, the composition consists of 19 glass plates, on which is engraved the text of 19 articles of the German Constitution in the version of 1949.
Bundestag President Berbel Bas also criticized the group’s action. “A work of art covered in mud with our Basic Law. It makes me angry and I don’t understand such actions,” the SPD politician said. “This installation is a reminder of the need to respect and protect fundamental rights.”
Criticisms of the FDP and the CDU/CSU
Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann wrote on Twitter: “It doesn’t matter what message should be attached to the desecration of Grundgesetz 49. In any case, this is fundamentally wrong!
Domestic policy spokesman for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Alexander Trom, pointed out that climate activists have long shown their lack of faith in law and order. “Now they have also clearly demonstrated their contempt for our Constitution. The federal government must finally act and increase the penalties for such acts.
Several criminal cases
“Burning oil or defending fundamental rights? In 2023, only one of the two is possible,” reads the campaigners’ slogan. Judith Beadle, a participant in the action, said the use of oil will plunge the world into a “climate hell” in which there will be no room for “human dignity, freedom and the right to life “. “Instead of protecting its people, the federal government is fueling a climate catastrophe. According to the Climate Protection Act, it does not plan to become climate neutral until 2045, and by 2030 we will exceed the global warming limit of 1.5 degrees,” the statement on the website reads. organization.
As a result of this action, the Berlin police opened several criminal cases: the charges include malicious damage to property harmful to society, as well as violation of the law on freedom of assembly and the law on the constitutional order in federal states. . Police said the liquid was a mixture of wallpaper paste and paint.