Student Opinion: Greta Thunberg detained in Germany
Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate activist from Stockholm, Sweden, was recently detained in Germany for protesting at a coal mine. BBC explained that the coal mine is set to expand, which involves the demolition of Lützerath, a nearby village.
Thunberg is no stranger to protests and civil disobedience. She began her campaign for climate action in August 2018 when she started protesting outside the Swedish parliament. She gained international attention for her weekly protests, which she dubbed “Fridays for Future.” She has also hosted protests in many other portions of the world, including the U.S.
Other climate-change activists who express support for Thunberg and her actions see her as a courageous young woman who is standing up for what she believes in and shining a spotlight on the urgent issue of climate change. Her arrest has only served to further galvanize her supporters and amplify her message.
Others have criticized Thunberg and her protests. They argue that her actions are disruptive and that she should focus on more constructive ways of making change — or maybe not even express her views at all, considering her age. BBC, USA Today, Fox News and other news organizations have revealed that some have accused German police of staging the arrest in conjunction with Thunberg.
According to USA Today, there was a post that went viral through Instagram on Jan. 18, claiming the event was planned for the purpose of furthering the cause. However, a spokesman for the German police informed USA Today that Greta was in fact detained and removed from the site of the coal mine but was not processed nor officially arrested.
Regardless of how one feels about Thunberg and her protest, there is no denying that her detainment has sparked controversy. A video of her being removed from the coal mine has received millions of views, and we should expect more conversation regarding climate-change in the near future.
Diaz is an opinion writer for the Liberty Champion. Follow him on Twitter