Greta Thunberg released after detention at German mine protest

STORY: World-renowned climate activist Greta Thunberg was briefly detained in Germany on Tuesday alongside others protesting against the demolition of a village to make way for a coal mine expansion.

Thunberg was removed by officers after sitting with a group of protesters near the edge of the Garzweiler 2 lignite coal mine, about five-and-a-half miles from the village of Luetzerath.

The village is to be razed as part of an agreement between the government and Germany energy utility RWE. The deal saves five other villages once slated for destruction.

The German government has said it needs the mine for the nation's energy security.

But opponents say Germany should not be mining any more lignite and should focus on expanding renewable energy instead.

Riot police backed by bulldozers removed activists from buildings in the village, but protesters including Thunberg remained at the site staging a sit-in into Tuesday.

A Reuters witness spotted Thunberg sitting alone in a large police bus after having been detained.

Police said Thunberg and her group were released later in the day.

The Swedish climate activist addressed the around 6,000 protesters who marched towards Luetzerath on Saturday, calling the expansion of the mine a "betrayal of present and future generations."