German Police Arrest Greta Thunberg During Protests in the German Coal Village

Police say that climate activist Greta Thunberg and a group of activists were arrested on Tuesday during protests against the destruction of the coal village of Luetzerath.

A spokesperson for the police division in the area said that it wasn’t clear yet what would happen to Thunberg. Last week, Thunberg joined protesters at the site to speak out against RWE’s plans to expand the mine.

Riot police and bulldozers moved protesters out of buildings in the village last weekend, leaving only a few in trees and an underground tunnel. Thunberg and other protesters stayed at the site and held a sit-in until Tuesday.

Thunberg was arrested while protesting at the open-cast coal mine of Garzweiler 2, which is about 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) from Luetzerath. She was sitting near the edge of the mine with a group of other protesters.

A witness saw Thunberg sitting alone in a big police bus after she had been arrested. “We are going to use force to bring you to the identity check, so please cooperate,” a policeman said to the group, according to footage.

“Greta Thunberg was part of a group of activists who rushed towards the ledge. However, she was then stopped and carried by us with this group out of the immediate danger area to establish their identity,” a spokesperson for Aachen police told Reuters, adding one activist had jumped into the mine.

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The spokesperson said it wasn’t clear what would happen to Thunberg or the other people who were detained with her, or if the activist who jumped into the mine was hurt. The police would give an update in an hour.

Thunberg was taken away by three police officers and held by one arm at a place farther from where she had been sitting with the group at the edge of the mine. Then she was led back to where the police vans were.

The Swedish climate activist spoke to the about 6,000 protesters who marched toward Lutzerath on Saturday. He said that expanding the mine was a “betrayal of present and future generations.”

“Germany is one of the biggest polluters in the world and needs to be held accountable,” she said… Follow us only on Lee Daily for more news like this.

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