Greta Thunberg Joins Climate Activists in German Protest
Climate activist Greta Thunberg was among a group of climate activists who were detained during a protest against the demolition of a German village to make way for a coalmine. The protest took place at the opencast Garzweiler 2 mine, located about 5 miles from the village of Lützerath.
Greta Thunberg Detained at Coalmine Protest
Thunberg joined the protesters on Friday and was detained after sitting near the edge of the mine.
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According to a police officer, the activists were told “We are going to use force to bring you to the identity check, so please cooperate.” Thunberg was seen sitting alone in a large police bus after being detained.
Riot police, backed by bulldozers, removed activists from buildings in the village over the weekend. However, protesters including Thunberg remained at the site and staged a sit-in into Tuesday.
A spokesperson for Aachen police said: “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.” The spokesperson also mentioned that one activist jumped into the mine, but it was not clear whether this person was injured or not.
Greta Thunberg Speaks to Protesters at Lützerath March
Thunberg was among other activists who were released after an identity check, according to police. The Swedish climate activist addressed the around 6,000 protesters who marched towards Lutzerath on Saturday, calling the expansion of the mine 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.
This is the second time that Thunberg has been moved on by police in the village this week. The local Aachen police force said Thunberg was part of a group of protesters that “stormed” towards the edge of the open-cast mine, which the police described as “steep and extremely dangerous.” The police confirmed that Thunberg was not arrested but was instead carried along with other protesters for identification.
Greta Thunberg and Activists Stand Against Coalmine Expansion in Lützerath
The tiny hamlet of Lützerath, located in North Rhine-Westphalia, is owned by utility firm RWE and has been emptied ahead of its demolition to allow for the expansion of the nearby Garzweiler coal mine.
Ministers and RWE argue that lignite, a form of coal that is considered by activists as the most health-harming, dug up from the mine will ensure Germany’s energy security in the short term. However, environmentalists want Germany to take immediate action on fossil fuels and are opposing the expansion of the coal mine. They argue that bulldozing the village to make way for the site would result in huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions from the mined fossil fuels.
Protesters moved into the abandoned homes of former residents two years ago. The group LuetziBleibt – which translates as Luetzi is Staying – claimed earlier this month that there were “around a couple of hundred people” hunkered down in the village.
Greta Thunberg’s Arrest: A symbol of the Climate Movement’s determination
In conclusion, Greta Thunberg was among a group of climate activists who were detained during a protest against the demolition of a German village to make way for a coalmine. Despite the police’s effort to remove the protesters, Thunberg and other activists remained at the site staging a sit-in. The protest is in opposition to the expansion of the nearby Garzweiler coal mine and the bulldozing of the village of Lützerath, which environmentalists argue will result in huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions.
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