BERLIN -- Volkswagen Group's annual meeting in Berlin on Wednesday was disrupted inside the venue by activists who claimed the automaker's plant in Xinjiang, China, builds cars with forced labor and outside by green activists who said VW is "making climate-damaging decisions."
About 10 activists, including one topless woman with 'Dirty Money' painted on her back, interrupted VW Group CEO Oliver Blume's speech. They waved banners that read: 'End Uyghur Forced Labor.'
One threw a piece of cake at Wolfgang Porsche, 80, chairman of Porsche SE, VW Group's majority shareholder, but missed, with crumbs flying in the direction of VW Group Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch.
The protestors were rapidly escorted out by security staff.
"A constructive dialogue is important. And a general meeting offers a good opportunity for this. With the exception of a few people, everyone follows the designated guidelines," a VW spokesperson said.
VW Group China chief Ralf Brandstaetter said: "We do not see any evidence of human rights abuses at the plant."
Brandstaetter visited the Xinjiang plant earlier this year and said on Wednesday: "I have no reason to doubt my impressions or the information available to me."