Greta Thunberg sentenced in Stockholm for civil disobedience

Greta Thunberg sentenced in Stockholm for civil disobedience
Greta Thunberg sentenced in Stockholm for civil disobedience

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg was fined by the Stockholm court on Wednesday for failing to comply with a police order to stay away during two climate blockade actions.

The Swedish activist was fined 6,000 Swedish crowns (a little over 500 Swiss francs) and 1,000 crowns (83 francs) in damages, the court said.

In March, Greta Thunberg and a small group of activists blocked the main entrance to the Swedish Parliament for several days. Parliamentarians could still access the building through secondary accesses. The activist was moved by the police on March 12 and 14, after refusing to leave the area.

Greta Thunberg, on trial for two counts of civil disobedience, denied the accusations. Asked by the judge why she had not obeyed the police’s orders, she replied: “Because there was an emergency (climatic, editor’s note) and there is always an emergency. And in an emergency, we all have a duty to act.”

“Current laws protect extractive industries instead of protecting people and the planet, which I think should be the case,” she said, leaving the courtroom.

In Sweden, the activist has already been fined twice, in July and October 2023, for civil disobedience during similar actions.

In February, a London judge decided to drop charges against Greta Thunberg for disturbing public order during a demonstration against the hydrocarbon industry held in October in the British capital.

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