A climate activist who glued his hand to the road has been mocked on social media after police set his hand free by simply hacking it out of the tarmac.
Six Last Generation activists blocked the Binger Street in the city of Mainz, Germany, during rush hour when four of them fixed themselves to the road with superglue on 9th December.
City authorities immediately alerted and called upon a technical operations unit from the police to come on site and detach the ones that had stuck their hands in the asphalt.
Cops then managed to unglue three of the activists using olive oil, after which they were set free along with the two others who were not stuck to the road.
But one of them, named Raul Semmler, 38, had made it difficult by using a blend of sand and superglue to fix his hand to the roadway.
As the improvised adhesive could not be disintegrated, the police then had to cut the asphalt around Semmler’s hand with a hammer drill in order to free him.
The 38-year-old ex-actor and screenwriter was finally released after an hour and a half, but not without a bulky piece of asphalt attached to his hand.
He reportedly told media that he did not seek medical assistance, but instead managed to get the asphalt off his hand himself using water and oil.
Semmler said: “My hand is fine. I took that piece with me. I also said that I didn’t need medical treatment.”
He also claimed that he would not do it if he knew it would cause permanent damage to his health.
A total of 80 emergency service crews reportedly took part in the demanding operation.
Construction workers then repaired the hole in the road, after which the Binger Street was reopened to traffic shortly before 11am.
The protest outraged social media users, who did not restrain from commenting on Last Generation’s Twitter page.
User ‘Really_Amused’ said: “Off to jail with you, your friends are already waiting there. There are always a few more.”
While ‘unblogd’ added: “Your gluing caused even more emissions. Stick to the streets in India or Indonesia, you really have something to do there.”
And ‘DanielKohn1988’ commented: “Have you ever thought that gluing causes drivers to have to take detours to their destinations or leave the engine running while they are gluing and thus (temporarily) achieve exactly the opposite of what they want?”
The police have meanwhile initiated criminal proceedings against the protestors, and are also checking whether they could charge them with the damage costs.