2019) Protests against German car industry draw 25,000 – The Local De
15 September 2019 AFP
Between 15,000 and 25,000 people — according to estimates from the police and the organisers respectively — turned out calling for radical change, in a sign of growing impatience with the motor industry.
Diesel-fuelled cars have remained at low levels of popularity in Germany following Volkswagen’s massive “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal of 2015.
“The motor show represents the last century,” Christoph Bautz, director of Campact, one of the campaigning group’s behind the protest, told AFP. “We want the future to belong to the bus, the trains and to bicycles — we don’t want any more.”
Two stretches of motorway were sealed off to allow thousands of the protesters to make their way to the venue on bicycles.