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Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Arrested at Dutch Protest Against Fossil Fuel Subsidies

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was detained twice by police at a demonstration in the Netherlands. The protest led by Extinction Rebellion (XR) aimed to protest against fossil fuel subsidies in The Hague.

Thunberg, 21, was arrested following a standoff between protesters and police on the A12 highway. The demonstration was part of XR’s efforts to pressure the Dutch government regarding the use of fossil fuels.

The march from The Hague’s city centre to the A12 was met with a strong police presence, with warnings of potential violence if protesters attempted to block the road.

Thunberg, a prominent figure in climate activism, emphasized the urgency of addressing the planetary emergency. The XR demonstration sought to denounce tax concessions for fossil fuel-related companies such as Shell and KLM.

While detained briefly, Thunberg expressed her commitment to the cause, stating, ‘It’s not about the arrest; I am here for the climate.’ Eventually, she rejoined the protest, only to be detained once more by the police.

Following the arrests, the local police clarified that all detained individuals were officially arrested for blocking the highway, an action deemed unlawful. Despite the disruptions, traffic on the A12 remained flowing during the protests.

Thunberg’s activism has been globally recognized, with her involvement in climate campaigns since a young age. Recent reports indicate she may have been among those re-arrested after being released earlier in the day.

The demonstrations in The Hague reflect ongoing global efforts to address climate change and curb reliance on fossil fuels, mirroring actions taken by environmental activists worldwide.

This incident underscores the continued tension between environmental advocacy groups and law enforcement regarding disruptive protests aimed at bringing attention to climate-related issues.

Rachel Adams

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