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Young climate protestors to block red bridge



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Archive photo shows the 15 March 2019 protest organised by Youth for Climate Luxembourg calling on Luxembourg for urgent action against climate change. Photo: Facebook/Youth for Climate Luxembourg 

“If you won’t move, we won’t move!” That’s the motto of a mass protest which plans to block the red bridge in Luxembourg on Friday in a bid to bring action to curb the global climate crisis.

Following on from their 15 March march which mobilised over 10,000 students to the Luxembourg capital, the young activists are going a step further--this time stopping traffic.

The demonstration, planned for 3pm on 24 May will be a “non-violent, civil disobedience action”, according to a press statement issued by the organisers, who include several organisations from the greater region which were inspired by Greta Thunberg’s weekly protests in front of the Swedish parliament calling for action on climate change. Among them are Youth for Climate Luxembourg, Rise for Climate Luxembourg, Fridays for Future Trier, Laika (young Lénk) and Attac57. The demonstration, which is driven by young people, coincides with other strikes scheduled across Europe to the backdrop of European Parliament elections.

“We see no other option than to continue bringing awareness to the existential threat our generation is facing,” the organisers write. “The air, the water, the earth are still being corrupted and compromised; continuing on this trajectory is condemning us to extinction.”

After the 15 March protest, Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel (DP) held talks with its organisers and recently announced plans to “deepen dialogue with young people on climate change” through regional exchanges in schools from 8-17 May. Organisers were dismissive of the measures, saying they would prefer to see the government meet with experts to develop concrete solutions for the “existential catastrophe” that is climate change.

The latest statement, pledging non-violent civil disobedience, suggests the activists are stepping up their response. “The practice of civil disobedience consists of citizens standing up against their government non-violently, but determined to disrupt and change the status-quo,” the organisers wrote.