Security check after protesters shut down Berlin air traffic

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities were reviewing security measures at Berlin airport on Friday, a day after six climate activists occupied the grounds and briefly grounded flights.

Germany’s dpa news agency quoted a spokesman for Berlin Brandenburg Airport as saying Thursday’s incident was being reviewed to determine what further measures could be taken.

Police said four protesters clung to the ground near the runway, while two others cycled through the buildings. The Last Generation Uprising group, which organized numerous roadblocks and other stunts to highlight the need for action against climate change, claimed responsibility.

The group said it wanted to highlight the problem of fossil fuel subsidies, such as jet fuel, while the majority of the world’s population suffers from the consequences of climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions.

It was reported that the activists informed the police about their plans before entering the airport area.

The protest was widely criticized by German lawmakers across political lines, although Martin Schirdewan, co-chairman of the Left Party, said the activists were “putting their finger on the wound of political inaction in terms of climate catastrophe.”

The police said that five men and one woman aged between 20 and 32 were detained. Five people have been released, and the sixth is in prison. All six are being investigated on suspicion of endangering air traffic, damaging property and trespassing.

Airport officials said 15 flights had to be diverted to nearby airports, while five flights were delayed. About 750 passengers were affected by the crash, he said.

Earlier this month, hundreds of climate protesters blocked private jets from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

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