Latest World News: Climate activist Greta Thunberg is on trial for more Swedes

New Delhi,UPDATED: Jul 24, 2023 2:51 PM IST

By Agence France-Presse: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is due on Monday for disobeying police at a rally last month, in which activists blocked the port in the city of Malmö.

She is due to appear in court in the southern Swedish city at 09:30 GMT. The 20-year-old activist “took part in a demonstration which disrupted traffic” and “refused to obey police orders to leave the site”, according to the indictment seen by AFP.

She faces a maximum sentence of six months in prison, but prosecutor Charlotte Ottosen told AFP that such charges usually result in fines.

The rally, organized by the environmental activist group ‘Ta tillbaka framtiden’ (Reclaim the Future), attempted to block entry and exit to the port of Malmö in protest against the use of fossil fuels. “We are choosing not to be bystanders and to physically shut down fossil fuel infrastructure.

We demand the future,” Thunberg said in an Instagram post at the time. Thunberg rose to worldwide fame after launching her “school climate strike” outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm at the age of 15. She and a small group of young people founded the Fridays for Future movement, which quickly became a global phenomenon.

In addition to her climate strikes, the young activist regularly lambastes governments and politicians for not properly addressing climate issues. Thunberg simply responded “without comment” to police questions about the Malmö rally, according to a preliminary transcript seen by AFP.

Reclaim the Future insists that despite legal pressures, it remains adamant in its determination to stand up to the fossil fuel industry. “If the court chooses to consider our action a crime, it may do so, but we know that we have the right to live and the fossil fuel industry opposes it,” Irma Kjellstrom, spokesperson for the group, told AFP.

Six members of the organization will appear in court in Malmo, she said. “We young people are not going to wait but will do everything we can to stop this industry that is burning our lives,” she said, explaining the group’s plans to continue civil disobedience.

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