The group Last Generation said two of its members used a hydraulic lift and a hand saw to cut two meters (six feet) off the top of the 15-meter (50-foot) tree and hang up a banner stating: "This is only the tip of the Christmas tree."
German police confirmed the incident. Berlin city officials didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Dec. 21, 2022, Berlin: "It's just the top of the Christmas tree" is written on the banner of the activists of the "Last Generation". Two activists of the environmental group drove a lift truck in front of the Christmas tree on Pariser Platz at the Br
In a statement, the group said it wanted to highlight that Germany is so far only seeing the "tip" of the climate catastrophe happening around the world.
It called on the government of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to do more to tackle global warming.
The group has drawn attention and anger in recent months with direct actions including blocking major roads and throwing food at famous paintings.
Criticizing such protest, Scholz had called on the activists to instead show "a bit of creativity."