Greta Thunberg was one of the climate activists detained during a protest against the demolition of a German town to make way for a coal mine.
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She was detained after sitting near the edge of the “Garzweiler 2” open pit mine, about 5 miles from the town of Lützerath.
“We are going to use force to take you to identity control, so please cooperate,” a police officer told the group.
Thunberg, who had joined environmental protesters on Friday, was taken away by police and seen sitting alone in a police bus after being detained.
The riot police, sent by the Green Party coalition government together with the social democracy of the chancellor Olaf Scholz and the FDP liberalsafter a siege and strong repression In the last few days, when it had hundreds of police and was supported by bulldozers, it had managed to get the activists out of the village buildings and only a few remained in the trees and in an underground tunnel -which they had built to hinder the eviction- over the weekend, but the protesters, including Thunberg, remained in place staging a sit-in until Tuesday.
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According to recounts The GuardianA police spokesman said: “Greta Thunberg was part of a group of activists who ran onto the ledge. However, she was later detained and taken by us with this group out of the immediate danger area to establish her identity.
The spokesman said an activist jumped into the mine. They said it was unclear what would happen to Thunberg or the group she was detained with, or whether the activist who jumped into the mine was injured.
The Swedish climate activist spoke in front of the around 6,000 protesters who marched on Lutzerath on Saturday, calling the mine expansion a “betrayal of present and future generations”.
“Germany is one of the biggest polluters in the world and must be held accountable,” he said.
The climate crisis as a backdrop
This episode is based on the climate crisis of historical and civilizational characteristics that plagues the planet, product of global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation and changes in land use promoted by the commodification of nature and capitalist irrationality.
Meanwhile he 2015 Paris Agreement establishes the imperative need to cut carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2030 and to zero by 2050 just to prevent global temperatures from exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius – which would have even more catastrophic consequences for the planet and, above all , for working majorities around the world – emissions are only growing.
In this framework, the war in Ukraine and the crisis over gas from Russia has been taken advantage of by different governments to produce even more fossil fuel. This is the case of Germany, which, far from the decarbonization objectives that it had set, is promoting coal mines like the one that threatens to engulf the town of Lutzerath.
With this, the “greens”, who for decades used climate flags to promote the business of the energy transition of “green capitalism”, expose the interests that guide their politics. Not those of the planet but those of capitalism.
Yes ok there are possibilities to stop the climate crisisthis implies question capitalism itself and its way of producing energy, transportation, food, etc. Central to this is the intervention of the working class with an anti-capitalist and socialist program to impose a planned transition from below.