Young environmental activist Greta Thunberg was arrested and then released

Greta Thunberg was among the protesters opposing the demolition of the coal village of Lützerath in Germany.

Greta Thunberg is among environmental activists arrested by German police on Tuesday during a demonstration to protest against the demolition of the coal village of Lützerath, authorities said, adding that all activists would be released by the end of the day .

The old village, located between Düsseldorf and Cologne, has been the scene of clashes between the police and demonstrators since Saturday January 14. The police tried already on Wednesday to evacuate the anti-coal activists who are determined to defend the village of Lützerath threatened with destruction to allow the extension of a coal mine.

At the time of her arrest, Greta Thunberg was sitting with other activists in front of the Garzweiler 2 open-pit coal mine, less than ten kilometers from Lützerath. A Reuters reporter found that Greta Thunberg, who arrived to take part in the protest on Friday, was placed alone in a large police van following her arrest.

“We are going to use force to get you through the ID check, so please cooperate,” a police officer told the group, according to footage taken by Reuters.

An Aachen police spokesman told Reuters that “Greta Thunberg was part of a group of activists who rushed to the ledge. She was however stopped and transported by us, with this group, away from the immediate danger zone, in order to establish their identity”.

She only passed “a few hours” in custody. The Swedish activist and other protesters “were transported by bus out of the danger zone”, “their identity was checked, then they were released”said a spokesman for the local police.

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