Delhi Police files FIR against Greta Thunberg over tweet on farmers’ protest

The media on Thursday reported that the Delhi Police has lodged an FIR against Swedish teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg for her tweets on the ongoing farmers’ protest in India. Thunberg on Tuesday night had said in a tweet that: “We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India.” This led to condemnation among a section of users online.

Shortly after the FIR was filed, the 18-year-old activist said in another tweet, “I still #StandWithFarmers and support their peaceful protest. No amount of hate, threats or violations of human rights will ever change that. #FarmersProtest.”

Thunberg on Wednesday had shared a document on the agitation saying, “Here’s an updated toolkit by people on the ground in India if you want to help. (They removed their previous document as it was outdated.) #StandWithFarmers #FarmersProtest.”

Earlier, she had deleted a tweet in which she referred to a “toolkit” for farmers and attached a Google document with details. However, after deleting it, screenshots of her post went viral, with users accusing her of “international conspiracy”.

Thunberg later posted a fresh tweet with an “updated toolkit”, which caused further furore on social media. Twitter exploded with allegations that the document shared mistakenly by the young environmentalist showed how her tweets “weren’t organic and plan of a larger PR campaign to malign India”.

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