Climate Activists Block Cruise Ship in Kiel to Protest Environmental Impact
June 09: About 50 climate protesters blocked the departure of a cruise ship from the German port of Kiel on Sunday, trying to call attention to the “catastrophic local and global consequences of cruises” as well as the supposed poor working conditions aboard.
A group calling itself ‘Smash Cruiseshit’ used small boats and climbing equipment to delay the Zuiderdam, owned and operated by the British-American cruise company Holland America Line. They also occupied a crane on the harbor quay.
A police operation to clear the protesters took several hours and involved special forces. Police eventually arrested the protesters and confiscated their vessels, leaving the ship free to depart at about 10 p.m.