Road blockades are becoming expensive
Zurich canton police asks climate sticker to checkout!
Climate activists have been stuck on the streets of Zurich three times in the past few weeks. This has consequences: The activists should pay the deployment costs.
The climate activists stuck to the streets of Zurich three times.
The roadblocks that have been carried out in Zurich, among other places, in recent weeks can cost climate activists dearly. According to the government council, the cantonal police in Zurich want to charge them for the costs of the operation.
The cantonal police will demand reimbursement from those who caused the road blockades, as the cantonal government wrote in its recently published response to a query in the cantonal council. Cantonal councilors from the EVP, SVP and Mitte inquired about how to deal with the climate activists.
Apart from the deployment costs that are to be charged, the government council is not very enthusiastic about the campaigns. “Participation in unauthorized rallies that deliberately cause traffic blockades is punishable by law,” says the reply.
Exact consequences remain open
According to the government council, the blockades also harbor the risk that emergency services, for example in medical emergencies, will not get to the scene of the emergency in time.
The government council leaves open the exact consequences this can have, for example whether the activists could be rudely detached from the asphalt.
The procedure should be determined “on a case-by-case basis, taking into account all the circumstances and a corresponding assessment of the situation”. The protection of specifically endangered lives always has priority.
Climate activists from Renovate Switzerland have blocked streets in the canton of Zurich three times in the past few weeks by sticking their hands to the ground.
The campaigns took place on Hardbrücke, Bellerivestrasse and the A3 motorway at the Sihlholzli exit. There were similar actions in various other Swiss cities.
How high the application costs are and how exactly the concept is to be implemented remains unclear at Blick. (zis/SDA)