Climate protest not a crime, says Greta Thunberg after imprisonment – Portal

Climate protest not a crime, says Greta Thunberg after imprisonment – Portal

LÜTZERATH, Germany, Jan 18 (Portal) – Environmental activist Greta Thunberg quickly resumed her election campaign on Wednesday after being briefly arrested during a protest against the expansion of a coal mine in Germany, tweeting that climate protection is not a crime.

“Yesterday I was part of a group that peacefully protested against the expansion of a coal mine in Germany. We were surrounded by police and then arrested but released later that evening,” Thunberg tweeted, whose whereabouts are unknown.

“Climate protection is not a crime.”

She was arrested along with other activists who were demonstrating against the demolition of the village of Lützerath to make way for the expansion of an RWE opencast coal mine (RWEG.DE).

Thunberg was carried away by three police officers and held by one arm at a point away from the edge of the mine and escorted back to police vans. She was released later that evening.

She has called the mine expansion a betrayal of current and future generations and accused Germany of being one of the world’s biggest polluters.

The protest has highlighted growing tensions over Berlin’s climate policy, with environmentalists arguing that climate goals with a return to dirtier fuels are being neglected during an energy crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Reporting by Stephane Nitscke Writing by Madeline Chambers Editing by Philippa Fletcher

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