This is the moment an angry driver jumped across a highway and began punching and kicking eco-protesters who were blocking the road.
Shocking footage captured the moment the man stormed onto the B36 motorway near the Victoria Tower in Mannheim and began attacking the eco-activists.
He was seen wearing a white vest and gray tracksuit bottoms as he fought with several other angry motorists who confronted the protesters.
The environmental enthusiasts wore orange uniforms and sat on the asphalt while blocking three lanes of traffic.
When the protesters refused to move, the attacker lunged forward and began punching and kicking the group before dragging them away.
But Aimée van Baalen, a spokesperson for the last generation, remains confident that they will continue to protest despite the controversy.
“’The federal government ignored our protest for so long that scenes like yesterday in Mannheim have now occurred – that makes us sad and shocked,’” she said.
The incident occurred after a police officer poured vegetable oil over the head of a protester who was seen blocking a bridge.
German broadcaster Rheinpfalz shared a picture of the police officer holding a huge canister of oil before pouring it on an eco-protester sitting on the Konrad Adenauer Bridge between Mannheim and Ludwigshafen on Saturday.
Mannheim police confirmed to German media that they were investigating the incident, but refused to comment on the officer’s actions.
Last Generation is known for its street protests, where activists often glue themselves to the asphalt – similar to the actions of Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil in the UK.
The group reportedly carried out 276 road blockades in Germany alone in 2022.
This incident comes after US police officers showed British police how to deal with eco-protesters when they were seen driving a truck through an Extinction Rebellion barricade last month.
Footage showed rangers matter-of-factly confronting climate activists as they blocked a road to the Burning Man festival in Nevada.
The demonstrators apparently locked themselves in a caravan, causing traffic chaos and mile-long queues and sparking anger among those heading to the festival.
But officers from the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Police Department in Nevada broke through the barrier and quickly began arresting protesters.
And in May police officers issued Section 12 notices to Just Stop Oil as they marched slowly down Regent Street over the bank holiday.
Protesters from the group, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, blocked roads and bridges in the capital to press their demand that the government stop new oil and gas projects.