Two Last Generation activists who were called in court after they blocked a street in Germany have skipped the hearing because they went on a vacation to Bali.
The couple, identified as Luisa S., 22, and Yannick S., 24, made headlines when they glued themselves to the ground and blocked federal highway 10 near the city of Stuttgart, in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, in September last year.
Following the protest, they were both called to answer for their actions at the Bad Cannstatt District Court, and were charged with coercion in November 2022.
But they now enraged court officials when they failed to appear at the appointment on Monday, 30th January, as they had reportedly jetted to Thailand and from there to Bali in Indonesia for a vacation.
After the news caught the public eye, several politicians harshly criticised the two activists for their double standards.
Reports claimed that their flight consumed over 140,000 litters of kerosene which resulted in an emission of a total of eight tonnes of carbon dioxide into the air.
Greenpeace spokesperson Gregor Kessler, 52, said: “One should think carefully about whether it has to be a long-distance journey by plane. We recommend local holiday destinations and travelling by train.”
Free Democratic Party (FDP) politician Hans-Ulrich Ruelke, 61, commented: “Especially those who fly so high morally and tyrannise other people with blockade actions because of their private lifestyle should stay on the ground in real life.”
A Last Generation spokesperson defended the two by saying: “They booked the flight as private individuals, not as climate protectors. You have to keep that separate.”
Because they failed to appear at the hearing, the court fined them 50 daily instalments of EUR 20 (GBP 17.8) each.
Neither of the two has made any comments concerning the case.