(SNews) – Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has been accused of “staging” her recent arrest in Germany as a new video has emerged of her hanging out with the police officers.
The video shows Thunberg posing for photos and casually chatting with the cops before they “detain” her in front of the media’s cameras.
The 20-year-old and her cohorts were protesting the planned demolition of the coal mining town Lutzerath in western Germany.
The demolition is to make way for an expanded coal mining operation.
The protests come as Europe battles with an energy crisis sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Thunberg was initially seen smiling as German police picked her up and carried her away.
Corporate media outlets reported that Thunberg was “dragged away” by police.
However, a video later emerged that showed the moments before Thunberg was carried off by police.
The footage showed the police effectively allowing the media to take pictures.
She is seen smiling and posing with the officers while they laugh together.
They then wait for the media cameras to film Thunberg while they removed her from the area.
Several major Twitter accounts claimed that the situation looked “staged” for the media.
LMFAO Greta literally staged being arrested for the cameras.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 17, 2023
Yes, the Greta Thunberg arrest was staged for the establishment media.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) January 17, 2023
Police denied that the incident was staged, however.
“We would never give ourselves to make such recordings,” a spokesperson for local police told the BBC, denying allegations that Thunberg’s detainment was fake.
“Greta Thunberg was part of a group of activists who rushed towards the ledge,” a police spokesperson told Reuters.
“However, she was then stopped and carried by us with this group out of the immediate danger area to establish their identity.”
“There is no reason to hold them for days,” the spokesperson added.
“It might take hours or they will go immediately.”
Thunberg was eventually released by police.
“Yesterday I was part of a group that peacefully protested the expansion of a coal mine in Germany,” Thunberg tweeted Wednesday.
“We were kettled by police and then detained but were let go later that evening.
“Climate protection is not a crime.”
Yesterday I was part of a group that peacefully protested the expansion of a coal mine in Germany. We were kettled by police and then detained but were let go later that evening.
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) January 18, 2023