Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is scheduled to face trial after being accused of defying police orders during a protest rally in Malmo last month, where activists obstructed the city’s port. The 20-year-old activist allegedly participated in a protest that caused traffic disruptions and refused to comply with police instructions to vacate the area, as stated in the charge sheet reviewed by AFP.
If the court finds Greta Thunberg guilty over Swedish climate protest , she could face a maximum prison sentence of six months. However, prosecutor Charlotte Ottosen stated that these types of charges usually lead to fines.
The rally, organised by the environmental activist group “Ta tillbaka framtiden” (Reclaim the Future), tried to block the entrance and exit to the Malmo harbour to protest against the use of fossil fuel.
“We choose to not be bystanders, and instead physically stop the fossil fuel infrastructure. We are reclaiming the future,” Thunberg said in an Instagram post at the time.
Thunberg shot to global fame after starting her “School Strike for the Climate” in front of Sweden’s parliament in Stockholm at the age of 15.She and a small band of youths 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. Thunberg simply responded “no comment” to police questions regarding the Malmo rally.