Climate protesters at Berlin airport briefly stop traffic after clinging to the runway

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Climate protesters briefly halted air traffic at a Berlin airport on Thursday after some of them clung to the runway.

The activists from a group called Letzte Generation brought air traffic to a standstill at Berlin Brandenburg Airport in protest against aircraft-related emissions.

“The airplane is not a means of transportation for ordinary people,” Letzte Generation said in a statement. “Most people—about 80 percent of the world’s population—have never flown in their lives. An affluent percent of the population is responsible for about half of aviation-related greenhouse gas emissions.”

Letzte Generation said its protesters informed police of their plans shortly before entering the airport.

The airport had resumed flight operations on its runways by Thursday evening local time, but warned there would still be delays and urged patience.

Letzte Generation has participated in similar stunts in the past. Last month, two of the group’s protesters threw mashed potatoes at a Claude Monet painting at the Museum Barberini in Germany in an attempt to draw attention to the climate crisis.

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