Smash Cruises Activists Blockade HAL Zuiderdam Kiel Germany – On Sunday, June 9, 2019, members of the group Smash Cruiseshit positioned themselves in front of the Holland American Line (HAL) cruise ship, Zuiderdam, using small boats in Berlin, Germany.
They also displayed a large banner from a nearby crane (see video below) which read “Cruises kill climate.”
Police called in the special forces to deal with climate protesters in the northern German port of Kiel. About 50 people blocked the departure of the vessel, saying that “cruises kill climate”.
The activist group released a statement through a website affiliated with what appears to a fellow climate change protest group.” We will no longer allow Pacific States to sink into the sea because holidaymakers lie in the pool and while they wait to travel from city to city,” said an activist identified as Joanna.
“In recent years, we have distributed flyers again and again here at the terminal. However, the Kiel seaport has always tried to limit our freedom of assembly in every conceivable way and prevented us from turning to passengers,” Joanna continued. “Now we are obviously in the way and making it clear: We will not tolerate the operation and a further expansion of cruises.”
It took police forces several hours to round up the various protesters, and the Zuiderdam’s departure was delayed until around 10 p.m.
Zuiderdam was launched on December 14, 2001. Zuiderdam’s length is 936 feet long, with a width of 105.8 feet-wide and she carries 1964 passengers with a crew of 842.
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1 – Copenhagen, Denmark
2 – At Sea
3 – Tallinn, Estonia
4 – St. Petersburg, Russia
5 – St. Petersburg, Russia
6 – Helsinki, Finland
7 – Stockholm, Sweden
8 – At Sea
9 – Berlin, Germany (Warnemunde)
10 – Kiel, Germany
11 – Copenhagen, Denmark
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Video: Protest at Kiel Cruise Terminal, Germany