Greta Thunberg ‘Detained By Police At Ultra-Violent Climate Protest’

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Youth activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations on September 23, 2019 in New York City. While the United States will not be participating, China and about 70 other countries are expected to make announcements concerning climate change. The summit at the U.N. comes after a worldwide Youth Climate Strike on Friday, which saw millions of young people around the world demanding action to address the climate crisis.  (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Climate activist Greta Thunberg has been detained by police during an anti-coal mining protest.
  • The 20-year-old found her self being taken by officers in the German village of Luetzerath. The village is under threat of being destroyed to make way for a new coal mine, called Garzweiler II.
  • Images from the protest show that it quickly turned violent, with pepper spray being used by officers to quell the chaos.
  • Although Thunberg wasn’t handcuffed, she was seen laughing as two heavily armored police officers – wearing full-face helmets – dragged her away from the protest.

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