Greta Thunberg Detained at Lützerath Protest

Greta Thunberg being led away by German police

Greta Thunberg was detained by police at a demonstration against the destruction of a German community to make way for a coalmine.

Thunberg was detained alongside other climate activists as she sat near the edge of the open-pit Garzweiler 2 mine, approximately 5 miles from the village of Lützerath.

After her arrest, Thunberg, who had joined the demonstrators on Friday, was seen sitting alone in a large police bus.

Riot police and bulldozers removed demonstrators from buildings in the village over the weekend, leaving only a few in trees and an underground tunnel, but protestors, including Thunberg, remained at the site until Tuesday conducting a sit-in.

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.”

Protests have been ongoing in the village since 2020, when climate activists occupied the area in an attempt to block the planned mining operation.