German authorities on Wednesday searched 15 properties across the country in connection with an investigation into protests by the Last Generation climate activist group, police said.
Prosecutors in the city of Munich are investigating seven suspects aged between 22 and 38 on suspicion of forming or supporting a criminal organisation, police said in a statement. No arrests have been made.
The suspects are believed to have been raising funds to finance further crimes on behalf of Last Generation, collecting at least EUR 1.4 million in donations, according to police.
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The Potsdam (largest city of the German state of Brandenburg) Regional Court has confirmed its initial suspicion that ‘Letzte Generation’ (Last…
Two of the defendants are suspected of sabotaging the Trieste-Ingolstadt oil pipeline – considered critical infrastructure and therefore subject to special protection – in April last year.
The searches took place in Hesse, Hamburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria, Berlin and Schleswig-Holstein.
❗️So-called eco-activists from Letzte Generation (Last Generation) threw mashed potatoes at Claude Monet "Les Meules" painting at the #Potsdam Barberini museum in #Germany.
The iconic artwork was sold for $110million in 2019.
Presumably, the painting was protected by glass. pic.twitter.com/zePcadjM58
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) October 23, 2022
Last Generation activists have been causing large-scale disruption across Germany in recent months by glueing themselves to roads and blocking rush-hour traffic.