Latest World News: Greta Thunberg expelled from Sweden hours after climate protest
Swedish police expelled climate activist Greta Thunberg from a protest on Monday, an AFP photographer reported, hours after a court fined her for disobeying law enforcement at a rally last month.
The 20-year-old activist, who has become a key face of the climate change movement, had appeared earlier in the day charged with disrupting traffic and refusing to leave a June protest in the port city of Malmö.
“It is correct that I was at that place that day, and it is correct that I received an order that I did not listen to, but I want to deny the crime,” Thunberg told the court when asked about the charge against her.
Thunberg said she acted out of necessity, citing the urgency created by the “climate crisis”.
The rally, organized by environmental activist group Reclaim the Future, attempted to block entry and exit to Malmö port in protest against the use of fossil fuels.
“In my view, we are in an emergency situation, and that is why my action was legitimate,” she told reporters after the trial.
After a short trial, the court found her guilty and imposed a fine of 1,500 crowns ($144) plus an additional 1,000 crowns to the Swedish fund for victims of crime.
The crime she was convicted of can carry a maximum sentence of six months in prison, but usually these types of charges result in fines.
When asked if she would be more careful in the future after her fine, Thunberg said they were “definitely not going to back down.”
“We know we can’t save the world by playing by the rules because the laws need to be changed,” the activist said.
“It is absurd that those who act according to science, those who block the fossil fuel industry are the ones who must pay the price,” she added.
Hours later, Thunberg joined a protest similar to the one in June which earned him a fine.
Sitting on the road leading to the port of Malmö, she put up a sign saying “I block tankers”.
After about an hour, Thunberg and five other people were forcibly removed by police, an AFP photographer reported at the port.
“Six people have been evacuated from the scene,” police said in a statement, adding that they would be reported for “disobeying police orders,” the same crime for which Thunberg had just been fined.
Thunberg became world famous after launching her “school climate strike” in front of the Swedish parliament in Stockholm when she was 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.
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 we have the right to live and the fossil fuel industry opposes that,” group spokeswoman Irma Kjellstrom told AFP.
Six people present at the June demonstration have or will face charges in court in Malmö.
“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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