Climate protestors in Germany called out Volkswagen for not giving them bowls to urinate and defecate into following a protest in which they glued themselves to a Porsche showroom floor. One protestor, Gianluca Grimalda, documented his experience on Twitter, saying that Volkswagen had told them they supported the group’s right to protest, but then denied their requests for excrement bowls.
.@VW told us that they supported our right to protest, but they refused our request to provide us with a bowl to urinate and defecate in a decent manner while we are glued, and have turned off the heating. People in support can't get out of the building. 2/ pic.twitter.com/YZuuiww5Q4— gianluca grimalda (@GGrimalda) October 19, 2022
The protest is one of many civil disobedience protests across Europe demanding quick and decisive action against climate change. This group claims they wanted to speak with the CEO of Volkswagen regarding speed limits in Germany, and decarbonizing the German transport sector.
Together with 15 other members of @ScientistRebel1 I have occupied the Porsche pavillion at @Autostadt, 9 of us glued to the floor and some of us on hunger strike until our demands to decarbonise the German transport sector are met https://t.co/Y5uo5IicXb @ClimateHuman pic.twitter.com/SUxUy5Q5uq— gianluca grimalda (@GGrimalda) October 19, 2022
Grimalda also Tweeted his displeasure with Volkswagen turning off the lights and heating in the building, and locking other protestors out. He also states that they could not order food, but had food provided by Volkswagen.
Just a clarification: people in support can get out of the building but then they couldn't get back in. We can't order our food, we must use the one provided by Wolkswagen. Lights off. Random unannounced checks by security guards with bright torches. Police just came in.3/— gianluca grimalda (@GGrimalda) October 19, 2022
In the end, the showroom called the police to disperse the protest after 42 hours, and the group did not get to discuss their demands with the Volkswagen CEO. Grimalda received medical treatment for severe swelling in his hand, and says he will continue a hunger strike for his cause.
After 24 hours of remaining glued to the floor and a nearly sleepless night my hand got swollen. The Wolkswagen manager had initially refused to let a doctor in but eventually accepted. 7/ pic.twitter.com/gUlbLk64jq— gianluca grimalda (@GGrimalda) October 21, 2022
After 42 hours of peaceful occupation of the Porsche showroom @Autostadt,@VW called the police to break our protest.15 scientists+supporters are under arrest.We asked the Volkswagen CEO to discuss our demands to decarbonise the transport sector,but they sent the police. 10/ pic.twitter.com/oQDjJz1aGI— gianluca grimalda (@GGrimalda) October 21, 2022