Environmental protest against Siemens
A young woman storms the stage at an event. She gives a short speech and sings. The Siemens boss demonstrates serenity.
BERLIN dpa | Before a performance by Siemens boss Joe Kaeser at a business reception, a young climate activist stormed onto the stage. She painted green paint on her cheek on Monday evening in Berlin and made a short speech. Another world is possible, a world of solidarity and responsibility, she said in English at the annual reception of the Federal Association of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses in Berlin. Kaeser initially granted it, a security employee then took her off the stage after a few minutes with applause from listeners. The activist sang the song "I Will Survive" when she left.
Kaeser then said that he would have liked to offer the young woman to work on solutions to climate change. His door is open. Concern is one thing, solutions are another. “We have to bring young people to the table. It is their life, it is their generation and it is their future. But just protesting on Friday won't change that, ”said Kaeser, referring to the Fridays for Future movement.
The Siemens boss added that it would have been good if the young woman had stayed there and maybe brought 50 or 100 others with her: “Because that, ladies and gentlemen, is the place where people get up early in the morning and every day have a job to do, ”said Kaeser to around 3,000 listeners. "They just don't stand up and say what is bad, they have a very clear opinion about what has to be done."
"Such disturbances cannot be prevented"
A spokesman for the Federal Association of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses said with a view to the activist: “Such disruptions cannot be prevented. Our association is interested in an open entrepreneurial dialogue, which is why we let the activist speak on stage within a reasonable time. "
Kaeser is criticized by climate protectionists. The background is a planned mining project of the Indian industrial group Adani in Australia, Environmental and climate protectors – including the Fridays for Future movement – are vehemently protesting against a Siemens supply for the huge coal mine.
Kaeser had the Fridays-for-future activist Luisa Neubauer held a seat on a supervisory board two weeks ago offered by the future company Siemens Energy – which Neubauer rejected, because she could no longer comment on Siemens independently.