Cruise ship's departure delayed by activists
On Pentecost, so-called activists have blocked the "Zuiderdam" in Kiel for six hours. After a major police operation, 46 people were taken into custody. 12 of them remained behind bars on June 10. A large contingent of police and fire brigade ended the protest at 10 p.m. The group which called itself "Smash Cruiseshit" occupied a construction site crane at the quay in the afternoon. The activists blocked access to the bollards and crossed with small boats in front of the bow of the ship. The "Berlin" of the DGzRS had to attend to ensure no one was in danger. Some people climbed on the bulge and mooring lines. The activists held up banners. The so-called activists refused to contact the forces. The meeting was ended by the Assembly Authority of the City of Kiel. The police called on the demonstrators to leave the wharf, but they refused. Several of them continued in small boats and on the bulbours bow of the vessel. Shortly after 9 p.m., the police came with several boats and ended the blockade. 41 people were provisionally arrested. However, some of the protesters were able to free themselves and fled. In addition, five climbed onto a crane. Two of them refused to come down were roped off by the Federal Police and the fire brigade. A total of 46 arrested were released from custody during the night. Twelve of them were arrested a short time later, as they had not complied. In the morning of June 10 the police still held the 12 people for measures to clarify the identity of those who had no identity documents and did not want to give any information. Criminal proceedings on suspicion of coercion, resistance and trespassing were initiated. The "Zuiderdam" sailed at 9.50 p.m. and headed to Copenhagen, escorted by several boats of the water police to Strande bay. By sailing faster the ship could cope up with the deiay. German report with photos: https://www.kn-online.de/Kiel/Strafverfahren-gegen-Klimaaktivisten-nach-Kreuzfahrtschiff-Blockade-in-Kiel https://www.kn-online.de/Kiel/Kreuzfahrtschiff-Zuiderdam-holt-nach-Blockade-in-Kiel-Verspaetung-auf https://forum-schiff.de/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1377&p=160323#p160310
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