Greta Thunberg Detained at a German Coal Mine During Protest

Michael Angee, Life Editor

Climate activist Greta Thunberg was detained at the site of a protest at a coal mine in Garzweiler, Germany on Tuesday, Jan. 17. 

This is not the first time Thunberg has been detained at this site, having met the same resistance to her actions when she was detained for the first time at a protest on Sunday, Jan. 15.

Thunberg took part in a protest against the destruction of a German town to make way for the expansion of the Garzweiler Lignite coal mine, which is owned by the European energy company, RWE. Once the eviction of the town’s residents is complete, the company plans to create a 1.5-kilometer perimeter fence around the village, allowing for the buildings to be sealed off and demolished. 

Climate activists continually fight against the emission of carbon into the atmosphere, as the gradual increase in emissions will break the Paris Climate Agreement’s hope to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. 

The tension between the police and activists remains prevalent as pictures from the site show protestors being removed by officers wearing riot gear.