Germany: Greta Thunberg arrested at a demonstration against a coal mine

Germany: Greta Thunberg arrested at a demonstration against a coal mine

She was carried by the police during her arrest. Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg and other protesters were arrested by police on Tuesday while protesting the expansion of a coal mine in western Germany, a police source said.

“The group is in custody,” said a police spokeswoman, adding that the anti-charcoal activists went “to the edge of the mine.”

The Swedish activist has been in Germany for several days to support opponents of the expansion of the country’s largest opencast mine in the Rhine basin, which will soon engulf an abandoned hamlet called L├╝tzerath.

Opponents do not disarm

This hamlet, occupied by climate activists who wanted to prevent its destruction, was evacuated by the police, who brought out several hundred people who took refuge in trees and abandoned farms.

Despite the end of the multi-day police operation, the opponents are not giving up. They had organized a demonstration on Saturday that brought together more than 15,000 participants from all over Germany. Scuffles left dozens injured among the demonstrators and the police.

The protest actions continued on Tuesday with occupations of railway tracks, blockades of streets and buildings, especially in western Germany.