Greta Thunberg laughs as she is detained by the police

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg was briefly arrested on Tuesday while protesting the demolition of a village to expand a coal mine in Germany. As she was held back by the officers, Thunberg laughed when another protester made a joke to her.

She was released after the identity verification process, according to police.

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Thunberg, 20, was protesting with other protesters at the Garzweiler 2 open pit coal mine, about 9 kilometers from the town of Luetzerath, where she sat with a group near the edge of the mine.

A spokesman for the Aachen police said: “She [Greta] was stopped and taken by us with this group out of the immediate danger area to verify its identity”, adding that an activist had jumped into the mine.

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She was carried by three policemen and held by the arm in a place away from the mine, and then escorted back to the police vans.

Also according to the spokesperson, it is not yet clear what will happen to Thunberg and the group detained with her. They demand that the houses not be demolished to extract the coal underneath them.

The Swedish climate activist addressed the approximately 6,000 protesters who marched towards Luetzerath in Saturday (14), calling the mine expansion a “betrayal of present and future generations”.

*Posted by Fernanda Pinotti of CNN, with information from Reuters

Source: CNN Brasil

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