• Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

Greta Thunberg kicked out of climate protest in Sweden hours after being fined | world news

Greta Thunberg kicked out of climate protest in Sweden hours after being fined |  world news

Swedish police removed climate campaigner Greta Thunberg from a protest on Monday, hours after a court fined her for disobeying law enforcement at a rally last month, an AFP photographer reported.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (REUTERS)

The 20-year-old activist, who has become a prominent face of the movement to fight climate change, had previously appeared in court for blocking traffic and refusing to leave a June protest in the port city of Malmö.

“It’s true that I was at that location, it’s true that I received an order that I didn’t hear, but I want to plead not guilty,” 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 the environmentalist group Reclaim the Future, attempted to block entry and exit to the port of Malmö in protest against the use of fossil fuels.

“In my opinion, we are in a state of emergency, so my action was legitimate,” she told reporters after the hearing.

After a short trial, the court found her guilty and ordered her to pay a fine of 1,500 kroner ($144) and an additional 1,000 kroner to the Swedish Fund for Victims of Crime.

The offense she was convicted of carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison, but such offenses usually result in fines.

Asked if she would be more vigilant in the future following her fine, Thunberg said, “Of course they’re not going to back down.”

“We know we cannot save the world by playing by the rules because we need to change the rules,” the activist said.

“It’s absurd that those who follow the science and block the fossil fuel industry should pay the price,” she added.

Hours later, Thunberg joined a protest similar to the one in June that resulted in her being fined.

Sitting on the road to the port of Malmö she put up a sign that read “I block tanker trucks”.

About an hour later, Thunberg and five others were forcibly removed by police, an AFP photographer at the port reported.

“Six people were removed from the scene,” police said in a statement, adding that they would be reported for “disobeying police orders,” the same offense Thunberg was fined.

Thunberg rose to global fame after launching a “school strike for the climate” in front of the Swedish parliament in Stockholm at the age of 15.

She and a small band 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 lambasts governments and politicians for not properly addressing climate issues.

Despite legal pressure, Reclaim the Future remains unwavering in its determination to stand up to the fossil fuel industry.

“If the court decides to treat our action as a crime, it may do so, but we know we have a right to life and the fossil fuel industry stands in the way of that,” group spokeswoman Irma Kjellström told AFP.

Six people who took part in the protests in June will be charged or face charges in a court in Malmö.

“We young people are not going to wait, but we will do what we can to stop this industry that is burning our lives,” she said, explaining the group’s plans to continue breaking the law.

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