In a video that saw the light of day, 20-year-old Greta Thunberg can be seen, dressed in black, being escorted away from the scene of the protests by a police escort.
The Swedish activist was released after “several hours”. Greta Thunberg.
Thunberg and other activists were detained for “several hours” earlier on Tuesday following episodic protests over a coal mine expansion in the western German community of Lucerat, according to police sources cited by the Agence France-Presse (AFP).
They were taken away in a police vehicle, identified and then released, a local police spokesman told AFP, adding that they had been detained for “several hours”.
In a video that saw the light of day, 20-year-old Greta Thunberg can be seen, dressed in black, being escorted away by a police escort from the scene of the demonstrations.
The Swedish activist has been since Friday on the side of the protesters protesting the demolition of a settlement in order to expand the lignite mine in the area.
Thousands of protesters refuse to comply with the instructions of the police and remain in their positions. The protests continued today with occupation of railway lines and road blockades.
The lignite mine, owned by energy giant RWE, is located between Cologne and Dusseldorf. The extension of its operation was deemed necessary for Germany’s energy security, in order to compensate for the interruption of natural gas deliveries from Russia.
For their part, activists denounce the German government’s “breach of commitments” to protect the environment.
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