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Germany: Greta Thunberg joins climate protests in Lutzerath before detention by police00:18

Germany: Greta Thunberg joins climate protests in Lutzerath before detention by police

Germany, Lutzerath
January 18, 2023 at 18:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Greta Thunberg was detained by police after she joined climate protests in Lutzerath on Tuesday.

In the footage, Thunberg stated "We are standing here defending Lutzerath and fighting for climate justice", as she can be seen surrounded by police in riot gear next to a climate activist.

Police briefly detained Thunberg alongside other activists; they were released shortly after the incident according to police.

Media reports claimed around 1,000 activists had occupied the abandoned coal mining village prior to its eviction, with groups including Extinction Rebellion, Last Generation and Scientist Rebellion all on-site.

Energy firm RWE is planning to tear down the remains of the village to develop the Garzweiler mine and extract 280 million tons of lignite by 2030.

The German coalition government has reversed several green energy policies amid the ongoing crisis, although still plans to phase out coal in the village’s state of North Rhine-Westphalia by 2030, eight years before the national target.

Germany: Greta Thunberg joins climate protests in Lutzerath before detention by police00:18
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Greta Thunberg was detained by police after she joined climate protests in Lutzerath on Tuesday.

In the footage, Thunberg stated "We are standing here defending Lutzerath and fighting for climate justice", as she can be seen surrounded by police in riot gear next to a climate activist.

Police briefly detained Thunberg alongside other activists; they were released shortly after the incident according to police.

Media reports claimed around 1,000 activists had occupied the abandoned coal mining village prior to its eviction, with groups including Extinction Rebellion, Last Generation and Scientist Rebellion all on-site.

Energy firm RWE is planning to tear down the remains of the village to develop the Garzweiler mine and extract 280 million tons of lignite by 2030.

The German coalition government has reversed several green energy policies amid the ongoing crisis, although still plans to phase out coal in the village’s state of North Rhine-Westphalia by 2030, eight years before the national target.