Demonstrators have long opposed the deal struck by the German government to demolish the village of Luetzerath to make way for the expansion of the Garzweiler 2 coal mine – but protests came to a head last week as police cleared the village, leading to violent clashes.
Ms Thunberg was among 11 demonstrators forcibly ejected by police on Sunday, and was again carried away by officers on Tuesday after police claimed she was among a group of demonstrators who “rushed towards the ledge” of the opencast mine.
It was not yet clear what would happen to Ms Thunberg or the group she was detained with, or whether an activist who supposedly jumped into the mine was injured, Aachen Police said.
Greta Thunberg detained at coal mine protest, German police say
Swedish climate activist physically removed from protest site two days earlier
Police officers pictured carrying activist away
18:00 , Andy Gregory
Here are images from the scene taken by photojournalist, showing Greta Thunberg being carried away by police officers and sitting alone on what is reportedly a large police bus:
Greta Thunberg detained during coal mine protest in Germany, police say
17:54 , Andy Gregory
Here is what the police have said about Greta Thunberg’s detention, while protesting the expansion of a coal mine in North Rhine-Westphalia and destruction of a nearby village.
“Greta Thunberg was part of a group of activists who rushed towards the ledge. However, she was then stopped and carried by us with this group out of the immediate danger area to establish their identity,” a spokesperson for Aachen police told Reuters, adding that one activist had jumped into the mine.
Footage showed a police officer telling the group: “We are going to use force to bring you to the identity check, so please cooperate.”
17:52 , Andy Gregory
Good afternoon, we’re setting up this liveblog to keep you informed of the latest developments after police said Greta Thunberg had been detained at a protest in Germany.