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Climate activists from the self-proclaimed group ‘Last Generation Insurgency’ block an intersection on the A7 highway in Hamburg, Germany, Monday, Feb. 21, 2022. (Christian Charisius/dpa via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — German officials on Monday condemned protests by climate activists that blocked roads, including near the country’s largest port.

Members of the group Uprising of the Last Generation stuck to the roads of Stuttgart, Freiburg and near the port of Hamburg to demand an end to food waste. The group argues that throwing away large amounts of usable food contributes to hunger and climate change.

Bavaria’s top state security official said such blockages were not covered by freedom of assembly.

“Massively impeding the mobility of people or blocking the movement of goods is a serious violation of the law,” Joachim Herrmann of the conservative Christian Social Union told German media group Funke.

Omid Nouripour, leader of Germany’s Green Party, voiced support for peaceful protests but said the blockades could undermine popular support for measures to tackle climate change. He also criticized activists for threatening to escalate their protests unless the government agrees to their demands by last Sunday.

Germany is not on track to meet its emissions reduction targets for global warming gases.

The blockages recall last year’s protests by climate action group Insulate Britain, which clogged many motorways and main roads in the UK.

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