Tue 17 January 2023:
German police detained climate activist Greta Thunberg during a demonstration against the expansion of a coal mine in the west German village of Lützerath.
This is the second time Thunberg has been detained at the site, police spokesperson Christof Hüls told media Tuesday. She was part of a large group of protesters that broke through a police barrier and encroached on a coal pit, which authorities have not been able to secure entirely, Hüls said.
Following the group’s advance on the coal pit, police were concerned that the “masses of protesters” could set the ground in motion after it had been softened by recent rains. According to police, officers intervened, removing people from the “danger area” and detaining them, one of whom was Thunberg.
“We knew who she was, but she did not get VIP treatment,” Hüls said. “She did not resist,” he added.
He claimed that Thunberg, who served as the rally’s keynote speaker on Saturday, “surprisingly” returned to protest on Sunday after her initial detention and again on Tuesday.
According to police, the group taken into custody on Tuesday will be freed later in the day.
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