Protestant duo called on Germany to suspend Russian energy use immediately
This Sunday in Germany, the sun was shining and Olaf Scholz was speaking at the German government’s “open day” – the day when all Germans can visit the Federal Chancellery and ministries – when two women asked to take a selfie with the German Chancellor. . So far everything seemed normal.
They approached Scholz, fully dressed and without any devious behavior showing, but quickly took off their coats – both being topless – so that the sentence they had written on their chest could be read: “Gas embargo now” (in Portuguese , gas embargo now), referring to the raw material that is imported from Russia.
Faced with the astonishment of Olaf Scholz, the security team quickly removed the two protesters from the scene, but the moment ended up being recorded by the lenses of the press that was on the scene. The protest comes at a time when the German government’s top official has been criticized for the measures, or lack thereof, with regard to energy policy, since the war in Ukraine broke out on February 24. This is because the country is still highly dependent on Russian gas supplies, despite already talking about a future gas pipeline that should pass through Portugal.
“Gas embargo now”
The war exposed Europe’s dependence on Russian energy, including Germany, which canceled the second direct gas pipeline with Russia after the invasion of Ukraine.
Recently, Scholz argued that reducing dependence on Russian gas involves a pipeline that transports gas from Portugal through Spain and France to the rest of Europe.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz reiterated this Sunday that Russia must abandon any plans to conquer Ukraine and respect the will of Ukrainians in order to be able to negotiate an end to the war.
“We will not accept a peace that the Government, Parliament and people of Ukraine cannot accept,” Scholz said at a meeting with citizens on the occasion of the opening day of the Chancellery in Berlin, according to the Spanish news agency EFE.
A few days away from completing six months, the number of civilian and military casualties in the conflict is unknown, but several sources, including the UN, have warned that it will be high. The war also caused 12 million refugees and internally displaced people.
The European Union and countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom or Japan have enacted successive packages of sanctions against Russian interests and provided Ukraine with weapons.