Multiple Injuries and Arrests at Tesla's German Gigafactory Protests

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Tesla’s German plant has run into pushback on multiple occasions, as protestors opposed to the automaker’s expansion in the region have been very public with their stance. Most recently, a group of around 800 people gathered at the Tesla plant near Berlin, but the situation quickly went sideways, resulting in multiple injuries and arrests.

Officials said that 16 people were arrested on charges ranging from damaging new vehicles to breaking into a local airfield. The injuries list included 21 police officers, though Tesla CEO Elon Musk still felt it appropriate to ask, “Why do the police let the left-wing protestors off so easily?” on Twitter/X. Police said that they prevented protestors from entering the plant and noted that they had taken several into custody.

In addition to opposing Tesla’s local expansion, protestors want to bring attention to the environmental impacts of the automaker’s battery supply chains, including problems caused by lithium mining in South America. While the industry may move past some of the worst adverse side effects of future battery chemistries, the situation won’t change fast enough to appease protestors.

Tesla announced plans to shutter the German facility for a day on Friday this week but didn’t connect it to the protests. Activists haven’t relented after years of protests, and back in March, a group set fire to a high-voltage electricity pylon, causing another stoppage at the plant.

[Image: Maurizio Fabbroni via Shutterstock]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on May 13, 2024

    16/800. Something seems off with the number of people arrested. Way off.

  • The Oracle The Oracle on May 13, 2024

    Seems fruitless, Tesla’s German giga presses will be churning out front & rear chassis/body modules in no time, and in record numbers.

  • UncleAL UncleAL on May 14, 2024

    ...if "Crown" takes his head out of azz, he would see daylight...daylight always shines the truth....

    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on May 14, 2024

      One's brain will interpret what it sees based upon ideology.

  • Honda1 Honda1 on May 15, 2024

    @Carson D I agree, hold those P'sOS accountable!