Stars detained or arrested protesting for a cause
Greta Thunberg carried away by German police during protests against coal mine expansion
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While many celebrities seem to prefer commenting on social and political issues on social media, there are plenty of others who personally join various causes, and even get detained or arrested for fighting for what they believe in.
It was only a matter of time before the young activist Greta Thunberg added her name to this list. The climate activist was detained by German police on January 17 at a protest over the expansion of a coal mine in the west German village of Lützerath. She was detained at the same site just two days prior after she and a group of protesters broke through a police barrier and encroached on a coal pit which authorities hadn't secured, though it was largely out of concern that the protesters could set the ground in motion after being softened by rainfall, CNN reports. Protesters are taking a stand against the razing of the German village and the expansion of the Garzweiler lignite coal mine, as lignite is the most polluting type of coal, and coal is the most polluting fossil fuel.
"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," Thunberg tweeted January 18. "Climate protection is not a crime."
Curious about more such cases? In the following gallery, scroll through some of the stars who participated in protests, demonstrations, and sit-ins, and were detained or arrested for doing so.
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