By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
LUTZERATH, GERMANY (Worthy News) – Famed Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was removed by German riot police for the second time in three days while protesting at a coal mine in Germany Tuesday.
But conservative commentators quickly called the arrest “as fake as the climate cult.”
The 20-year-old was seen smiling as she was carried away by police officers in the coal village of Lutzerath in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia region.
Thunberg was among dozens of climate activists detained by police officers during rallies there. They are demonstrating against the ongoing destruction of the village to make way for a coal mine expansion.
Germany closed most of its nuclear power plants, and wind and solar energy can’t compensate for lost energy after Russian natural gas deliveries ended.
Social media footage showed Thunberg standing in handcuffs while surrounded by German officers before being carried away from the coal mine.
In one clip posted by the Catch Up Network, Thunberg was seen laughing with police while standing for a photo. “Yes, the Greta Thunberg arrest was staged for the establishment media,” the account captioned the post.
Several users of the social networking site Twitter also claimed that Thunberg’s detention was “fake,” including Charlie Kirk, a conservative political activist who founded the organization Turning Point USA.
“So, it turns out Greta Thunberg’s arrest was as fake as the climate change cult she works for,” Kirk tweeted late Tuesday.
Conservative political commentator Tim Young agreed, writing: “Nothing says climate change is a total grift quite like Greta Thunberg staging her own fake arrest.”
“AOC was way better at getting fake arrested than Greta Thunberg,” Young added in a separate tweet.
The conservative commentator referred to New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, commonly referred to as AOC, being detained in the summer.
She was arrested after participating in a sit-in at the U.S. Supreme Court to protest the overturning of the historic Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortions nationwide.
Republican legislators accused Ocasio-Cortez of faking being handcuffed in the exchange with law enforcement, which the Democrat denied.
Amid the controversy, research meteorologist Ryan Maue said that even “if the scenes were staged, the arrest of Greta Thunberg is a worldwide embarrassment for Germany.”
The meteorologist reacted to a tweet from conservative commentator Ian Miles Cheong, who claimed Thunberg’s detainment was staged “for the establishment media.”
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