Greta Thunberg says remember 'the real enemy' as oil protest trial starts

(Reuters, 1 Feb 2024) Greta Thunberg said on Thursday people should remember who "the real enemy is" after she and four other environmental activists appeared in court charged with public disorder at a protest outside an oil and gas conference.

Thunberg, who became a prominent campaigner worldwide after staging weekly protests in front of the Swedish parliament in 2018, spoke after the first day of the hearing at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court. All five defendants, who are aged between 19 and 59 and have pleaded not guilty, are accused of failing to comply with an order by senior police officers to move their protest to a designated area near the conference last year. If convicted, they would face a maximum fine of 2,500 pounds ($3,160) each. Thunberg, 21, spoke outside court alongside two other defendants after the end of proceedings on Thursday. "Even though we are the ones standing here and climate, environmental and human rights activists all over the world are being prosecuted, sometimes convicted and given legal penalties for acting in line with science, we must remember who the real enemy is," Thunberg said

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