Greta Thunberg, temporarily taken into custody. Protesting Coal Mine Expansion in Germany: “Stop the Vandalism Now!”


Last Updated on 01/18/2023 by てんしょく飯


Greta Thunberg, a Swedish environmental activist who was participating in a protest against the expansion of a coal mine in Germany, was taken into police custody with fellow activists on January 17.



Thunberg was participating in a campaign against the expansion of the Galzweiler lignite mine, owned by energy giant RWE, in the village of Rützerath in western Germany.

Rützelert is slated to be abandoned as a result of this coal mine expansion, and climate change activists have been protesting the plan for years.


The group Alle Dörfer Bleiben (Leave All Villages), which opposes the expansion of the coal mine, also reported that Thunberg was detained along with members of the group. Images and videos taken in the area show three police officers removing Thunberg from the area, but he does not seem to be bothered by the situation.


According to Reuters, Thunberg and others were detained briefly before being released after being identified.


Thousands of people have participated in the protests, and at least nine protesters have been hospitalized so far in clashes with police.


Activists, including Thunberg, were also removed from the protest site by police on January 15 for failing to comply with an eviction order.


Environmental activists claim that the expansion of the coal mine will further expand the climate crisis by releasing greenhouse gas emissions, the cause of global warming.


Germany is now committing a truly shameful act,” Thunberg told reporters on January 13.


They need to stop this destructive behavior now and defend Just Transition and Climate Justice for All.”


Germany has pledged to phase out coal-fired power generation by 2030. But it approved the coal expansion project because Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has disrupted oil and gas supplies and it is necessary for the country’s energy security.