Greta Thunberg charged with disobeying police during climate protest in Sweden

5 July 2023, 19:14 | Updated: 17 November 2023, 11:26

Police officers talk to Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg as they move activists from the organisation Ta Tillbaka Framtiden (Take Back The Future) blocking the entrance to the Oljehamnen neighb
Sweden Thunberg Charged. Picture: PA

The 20-year-old climate activist will face a trial at the end of July, a local newspaper has reported.

Greta Thunberg has been charged with disobeying police in connection with a protest in Malmo last month.

The climate activist was detained with other protesters after they stopped traffic in the oil terminal of the Swedish city’s port on June 19, local newspaper Sydsvenskan said on Wednesday.

A “young woman” was charged because she “refused to comply with police orders to leave the scene” during the protest, a short statement by Swedish prosecutors said.

The statement did not identify the woman but Swedish Prosecution Authority spokeswoman Annika Collin confirmed it is Ms Thunberg.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg takes part in the People’s Parade for Climate Justice and Financial Regulation in Basel, Switzerland, on June 24
Climate activist Greta Thunberg takes part in the People’s Parade for Climate Justice and Financial Regulation in Basel, Switzerland, on June 24 (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone/AP)

The 20-year-old Swede will face a trial at the end of July, Sydsvenskan added.

Prosecutor Charlotte Ottosen told the paper the crime of disobedience is typically punishable with fines.

Ms Thunberg’s media team did not immediately answer a request for comment.

She inspired a global youth movement demanding stronger efforts to fight climate change after staging weekly protests outside the Swedish Parliament starting in 2018.

By Press Association

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