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Students stage ‘die-in’ climate protest in German parliament

Young protesters lay on the floor in front of parliamentary speaker Wolfgang Schaeuble.

Protesters lie on the floor in the Bundestag in Berlin (Christoph Soeder/dpa via AP)
Protesters lie on the floor in the Bundestag in Berlin (Christoph Soeder/dpa via AP)

Students have disrupted a youth event in the German Parliament, lying down in the chamber in a “die-in” to protest the government’s climate policies.

About 20 of the students attending the Youth and Parliament event lay on the floor in front of parliamentary speaker Wolfgang Schaeuble, while others held up a makeshift banner reading “Your Climate Policies = Catastrophe”.

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The young demonstrators held up a banner reading ‘your climate politics means catastrophe” (Christoph Soeder/dpa via AP)

Germany’s dpa news agency reports that activist Maximilian Reimers said the stunt was meant to draw attention to how drastic the situation is and to put pressure on the government.

Mr Schaeuble, Germany’s longest-serving MP, was unfazed, telling the students: “Feel free to keep lying down. However, I have to say that tomorrow at noon I have to open a parliamentary session, and by that time you’ll need to have left.”

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