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Greta Thunberg arrested twice during road blockades in The Hague

Greta Thunberg arrested twice during road blockades in The Hague

The Swedish climate activist wanted to close the highway along with members of the Extinction Rebellion movement. She says nothing is happening in terms of measures to combat climate change.

Swedish police twice temporarily detained climate activist Greta Thunberg during roadblocks in The Hague, Netherlands. On Saturday, Thunberg initially participated with about 100 protesters in an attempt by the group Extinction Rebellion (XR) to again block a highway in the center of the Dutch city, Dutch news agency ANP reported.

While the police presence pushed the demonstrators away from the highway, they closed another nearby road. Thunberg and other activists were arrested there and taken on a bus.

“This is not happening.”

The climate activist told the news agency over the phone that her arrest was peaceful. “But that's not the point. I'm here because of the climate goal.” She feels that she was able to get her message across well in The Hague. People have been promised work for decades. Nothing happens. We'll see if it works now.”

After police released Thunberg, she returned to central The Hague and participated in another siege, whereupon officers temporarily arrested her there again.

The Extinction Rebellion group attempted to block the A12 motorway through central The Hague on Saturday for the 37th time since its protests began last year. Activists demand that the Netherlands cancel all forms of government support for fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas. (APA/DPA)

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