The Greenpeace activist who almost crashed with his ULM in the stands Tuesday evening before the start of the France-Germany match (1-0) of the Euro in Munich, narrowly avoided being shot by shooters. elite police force, German authorities revealed on Wednesday.
If the Greenpeace activist avoided the tragedy by missing his landing with his microlight on the lawn of the France-Germany match at the Euro, he also escaped police fire. In the aftermath of this incident, German authorities revealed that snipers already had the intruder “in the sights” and were therefore ready to shoot him.
“If the police had determined that it was a terrorist attack, he would have paid for it with his life,” said Joachim Herrmann, Minister of the Interior for the region of Bavaria. The shooters did not finally give up pressing the trigger when they saw the Greenpeace logo on the para-veil, the politician said.
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The man, who wanted to take advantage of the holding of this summit football meeting to draw public attention to environmental protection, intended to “fly” over the stadium, the environmental organization said. But things took a turn for the worse and he found himself propelled inside the compound.
In the stadium, two men, a 36-year-old Frenchman and a 42-year-old Ukrainian, were injured during the passage of the machine, which had become uncontrollable, level with the stands. They were taken care of by rescuers at the stadium and then transported to hospital, from which they have since emerged, according to the authorities.
The pilot of the craft “should have hovered over the stadium and dropped a latex balloon” with the message “Kick out Oil”, according to Greenpeace, which apologized. But he struck a cable carrying the “Spider cam”, a camera allowing aerial shots. It was then difficult to restore control before grazing a grandstand and crashing on the lawn of the Allianz Arena. “Technical difficulties forced him to land in the stadium,” according to a statement from the NGO.
The NGO’s message was addressed to the car manufacturer Volkswagen, one of the main sponsors of the Euro organized this year in an unprecedented format with eleven host cities in eleven countries. “Our demand: stop selling diesel and gasoline cars that are bad for the climate,” the organization tweeted shortly after the incident on its German account.
Residing in the German region of Baden-Württemberg, the individual escaped the landing unscathed before being arrested. He was released on Wednesday. But he is being prosecuted for “dangerous injuries”, “trespass”, “threat of air transport” and other “offenses under the aviation legislation, which strictly limits the possibilities of overflight, said the police.
UEFA condemned a “reckless act” and the German Football Association (DFB) deemed the action “unacceptable”. Steffen Seibert, spokesperson for Chancellor Angela Merkel, for his part denounced Wednesday “an irresponsible action” which “exposed people to great danger”.