"Fridays for Future" demo in Berlin

Thousands of schoolchildren demonstrate in the German capital for more climate protection and the environment.

"Fridays for Future" demo in Berlin

Berlin (dpa) - Thousands of schoolchildren took part Friday in a demonstration in Berlin for better climate. For the first time the kids were supported by parents, academics and bicyclists in the demo. It was held under the auspices of the "Fridays for Future" movement that for several weeks now have taken place every Friday to push politicians to do more for climate protection and the environment.

By police accounts around 5,000 took part in the demo in the Invalidenpark in central Berlin. The park was already packed at the start of the rally, and an hour later the Invalidenstrasse street had to be partially blocked off due to the crowds.

Meanwhile schoolchildren demos were held in cities all around Germany, with rallies drawing crowds ranging from the hundreds to the thousands. Altogether demonstrations were registered in 210 locations throughout the country.

The Friday demonstrations were initiated by 16-year-old Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg. On a Friday in August 2018, instead of attending school, she staged a "school strike for the climate" outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm. The protest attracted worldwide attention, giving rise to similar demonstrations in other countries. Germany was one of more than 110 countries where demonstrations were planned for Friday.