During a protest by the environmental group Extinction Rebellion (XR) at Vienna’s Naschmarkt – the eXXpress reported – eleven activists were arrested on Saturday. At around 10 a.m. they occupied an intersection in the Secession area and placed oil drums on the street, blocking onward travel to Linke Wienzeile and from Getreidemarkt.
As police spokeswoman Irina Steirer said, it was an unannounced rally with around 30 activists. At around 11:30 a.m., the police broke up the meeting by means of an announcement to the activists, some of whom were protesting bare-breasted. A provisional arrest was pronounced for eleven activists, and the place was cleared around 12:30 p.m.
In contrast to the police, XR spokeswoman Anna Kontriner speaks of up to 200 activists who were involved in the campaign. In the meantime, the climate activists are holding another rally – this time registered at Wiener Platz der Demokratie at the beginning of Mariahilfer Strasse. According to a broadcast, the activists wanted to use their bare torsos to symbolize “Mother Earth and all women who suffer from this system of violence and death”.
“In our culture, women and nature have long been seen as resources to be ruthlessly and shamelessly exploited. The women’s and ecological movements are protesting with all their might against the deadly consequences of our aggressive free-market system,” said Patrizia Bitter of Extinction Rebellion.