The staged arrest of Greta Thunberg in Germany was trending on social media on Tuesday. Media outlets worldwide announced an arrest that was allegedly forcibly carried out by the police when the activist was at a protest against the demolition of a village to begin the expansion of a coal mine.
"We are going to use force to take you to the identity check, so cooperate," a policeman told the group, as reported by Reuters news agency and broadcast by all media outlets.
However, the arrest turned out to be a show planned and staged by the police, journalists and Greta herself. In a new video posted on networks hours after her arrest, Greta can be seen smiling and posing in front of the cameras, talking with her colleagues, laughing with the police officers, and waiting for the media to finish recording the material that would be officially broadcast as her arrest. Across the networks, they began to point out the event as a "theater."
"Greta Thunberg's false arrest today in Germany". Everything is a theater.
The fake "arrest" of Greta Thunberg in Germany today. It's all a theater 🎭pic.twitter.com/7PbwgURHF5
- Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) January 17, 2023
The first video released showed Greta being carried by three police officers and held by one arm a few meters away from the protest site. Her identity documents were then checked. Minutes later, it was then revealed who she was, she was then escorted back to the police vans and a just few hours later was released.
Greta #Thunberg nahe #Luetzerath: Festnahme an der Abbruchkante. Ihre Personalien nimmt die Polizei, anders als bei den übrigen 100 Akivisten, nicht auf: "Wir wissen ja, wer sie ist." Ob sie diese Erfahrung schon anderswo gemacht habe? Sie schweigt mit einem Lächeln im Mundwinkel pic.twitter.com/nmDA9O2H1U
- Christian Wernicke (@ChrisCWE) January 17, 2023
Users on social networks, when comparing the materials, denounced the montage. The on-camera show clearly shows an arrest that was not carried out by force. Some say he should win an Oscar for best acting:
Greta is nominated for an Oscar from @TheAcademy for her portrayal of an unqualified hysterical climate activist.
Greta is nominated for @TheAcademy Oscar award for her portrayal of an unqualified hysterical climate activist https://t.co/4k6UWJskKm
- John Book (@JohnBook007) January 18, 2023
I didn't know they were making the fictional movie "climate change" and its lead again was Greta pic.twitter.com/7mAlsr7fYA
- Esteban Rafael Figueroa (@EstebanRafaelJr) January 18, 2023
Greta's was a show pic.twitter.com/bQO7OEmuW1
- Ramon Fonseca Mora (@ramonfonsecamor) January 18, 2023
Yes, Greta Thunberg's arrest was a set-up for the establishment media.
Yes, the Greta Thunberg arrest was staged for the establishment media. pic.twitter.com/UYqVl5zodp
- Catch Up (@CatchUpNetwork) January 17, 2023