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Delhi Police files case against Greta Thunberg; Activist remains unfazed

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Climate campaigner Greta Thunberg faces legal charges for her tweets supporting Indian farmers as on Thursday Delhi Police files an FIR against the 18-years-old activist for attempting to “promote enmity between groups” while alleging an overseas “conspiracy”.  The teen climate campaigner, was charged for her controversial tweet on a “toolkit”, giving guidelines to support the farmers’ protests.

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Greta, however, remained unfazed and said that she “still” stood with farmers and “no amount of threats” would change that.

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Greta Thunberg’s tweets come after International pop star Rihanna, took notice of ongoing farmer protest in India and asked her 100 million Twitter followers “Why we are talking about this?” Soon, the internet was flooded with posts on farmers protest by famous celebrities, politicians, lawmakers from across the world, extending their support to the crop growers who have been protesting against government’s three farm laws in harsh weather conditions and never ending atrocities of the government for past two months at the three borders of Delhi. The Cyber Cell of the Delhi Police is investigating these tweets.

As per the initial media reports, based on senior police sources, an FIR was filed against Greta Thunberg for her “toolkit” tweet, later however, the police denied filing any FIR against anyone as an accused. The charges that the FIR lists are reportedly those of conspiracy and “promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language… and acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.”

Soon after this news went viral, Greta came out even stronger on her views with a new tweet: “I still #StandWithFarmers and support their peaceful protest. No amount of hate, threats or violations of human rights will ever change that. #FarmersProtest.”

The teen Swedish climate activist, who has also been nominated for this year’s Noble Peace Prize on Thursday had shared a “toolkit” advising people on how to show support for the farmers’ protests. Which as per Delhi Police officers “exposes the conspiracy by an organized overseas network” to instigate the protests.

Greta had deleted a similar “toolkit” post last night with information on supporting farmers on Republic Day and shared an updated list about seven ways to back the agitation. She also suggested organising protests near the closest Indian embassy on February 13 and 14 to support Indian farmers’ agitation.

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However, the ruling government resorted to a sharp response to the international tweets and warned against the “temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments” and said the protests were by “a very small section of farmers” in parts of India.

“Before rushing to comment on such matters, we would urge that the facts be ascertained, and a proper understanding of the issues at hand be undertaken. The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible,” the foreign ministry said in a statement while using the hashtags IndiaTogether and IndiaAgainstPropaganda.

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