Climate activist Greta Thunberg is currently taking some heat for allegedly faking her arrest at a protest in Germany on Tuesday.
Thunberg was among the hundreds who protested the demolition of a village in western Germany over the weekend. The abandoned village of Luetzerath will be demolished to make way for the expansion of a lignite coal mine.
And then on Tuesday, the young Swedish activist, along with a few others, was reportedly detained by German police after Thunberg and her group “rushed towards the ledge” of the Garzweiler open-pit mine. German police clarified that Thunberg had not been arrested, she was later released after an ID check.
But in a bizarre turn of events, after media outlets covered the detainment, videos showing how the confrontation and Thunberg’s removal from the mine were staged surfaced on social media.
In one video, part of which was used by BBC in its earlier coverage of the detainment, Thunberg looks to be posing for photos. She’s flanked by two officers, with one holding her by the arm, and a third officer is in the foreground, almost out of the frame. At some point, they’re seen smiling and then laughing with a man who appears to also be a protester. And then they stop and pose seriously as a photographer takes photos.
You can see the photographers keep shooting walking backward ahead of the police officers as they lead Thunberg away from the mine.
Another video — this one looks like it’s from a behind-the-scenes featurette — shows Thunberg and the officers seemingly rehearsing her removal from the site.
Many Twitter users were quick to conclude that the “arrest” was nothing but a publicity stunt, with some saying it was created specifically for the benefit of mainstream media. Thunberg, according to another Twitter user, has long been used by the establishment to help rally support for the Green movement.
Thunberg has yet to comment on what’s shaping up to be a Twitter event almost as big as her recent takedown of self-professed misogynist and suspected rapist Andrew Tate.
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