Greta Thunberg: 20th Environmental Activist Faces Court Over Oil Port Blockade

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DIKSIA.COM - Environmental activist Greta Thunberg will appear in court in July for “disobedience to the police” during the protests, Swedish prosecutors said.

Thunberg, 20, took part in a demonstration last June to block an oil tanker at a port in Malmo.

Swedish police said he refused to leave the demonstration site when asked by security forces.

Greta Thunberg could face a six-month prison sentence or a fine for her crimes.

Thunberg officials told BBC News their client could not be reached for comment.

Last month, the group Ta Tillbaka Framtiden, or Reclaim the Future, blocked Malmö harbor for six days.

Some of the protesters climbed onto the oil tanker, the group said.

“The climate crisis is already a matter of life and death for many people,” Thunberg wrote on Instagram in June as she joined the protests.

“We chose not to be bystanders and instead be physically involved in the decommissioning of fossil fuel infrastructure,” he added.

What are the allegations against this young activist?

“Prosecutors have filed charges against a young woman who took part in a climate demonstration on June 19 which prosecutors say caused traffic delays in Malmo,” Swedish prosecutors said.

“The woman refused to follow police instructions to leave the scene,” he added.

BBC News said Thunberg would attend the trial on July 24 along with three other protesters.

Irma Kjellström, 20, will also appear in court in July.

He told BBC News the police asked him to leave port but he refused. Kjellström was then arrested by the police.

“We blocked the port to stop the use of fossil fuels that are killing innocent people,” he said.

“The real crime continues inside the harbor gates. We will not sit back and wait while the fossil fuel industry destroys our dreams,” added Kjellström.

When asked if he was worried about the fallout from the court ruling, he replied, “Personally, I'm more worried about the terrible damage the fossil fuel industry is doing to the world.”

“I will not stop if they threaten the planet,” he said.

Greenhouse gases have been pumped into the atmosphere by activities such as fuel burning, causing the Earth's atmosphere to warm.