Germany and France preventively detain protesters
Authorities in Germany and France are using legal powers intended for use against organised crime and extremist groups to crack down on direct action protests intended to spur public action against climate change. State authorities in Germany are preventively detaining protesters, in one case holding an individual for 30 days without charge. In France, lawmakers passed new surveillance and detection laws, and in UK legislation has made it illegal to lock or glue yourself to physical infrastructure.
Writer: Riham Alkousaa and Juliette Jabkhiro
Publication date: 2023-08-10