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“Still Stand With Farmers”: Greta Thunberg After Delhi Police Files Case

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Greta Thunberg
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Greta Thunberg’s tweets in support of the protests near Delhi against farm laws are among many posts that have drawn international attention over the past two days to the farmers’ agitation that began late-November.

Greta Thunberg’s first tweet came soon after one by pop star Rihanna.

New Delhi: Greta Thunberg’s tweets on farmers have been cited in a case filed today by the Delhi Police that alleges a “criminal conspiracy” and an attempt to “promote enmity between groups”. The teen climate campaigner, unfazed, tweeted that she “still” stood with farmers and “no amount of threats” would change that.

Greta Thunberg’s tweets in support of the protests near Delhi against farm laws are among many posts that have drawn international attention over the past two days to the farmers’ agitation that began late-November.

The media, including NDTV, based on senior police sources, reported that the police First Information Report (FIR) was filed against Greta Thunberg. However, the police then said the FIR did not name her as an accused. The charges that the FIR lists are 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 the news emerged, Greta Thunberg doubled down 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 18-year-old’s first tweet came on Tuesday night, soon after pop star Rihanna posted a one-line comment sharing a CNN story.

“We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India,” Greta Thunberg wrote, sharing the same CNN story about the protests and the government restricting Internet near protest sites.

Today, the Swedish climate activist shared a “toolkit” advising people on how to show support for the protests. Delhi Police officers said it “exposes the conspiracy by an organized overseas network” to instigate the farmer protests.

She had deleted a similar “toolkit” she posted last night with information on supporting farmers on Republic Day, which was last week. This morning, she said she was sharing an updated list, which included seven ways to back the agitation. She also suggested organising protests near the closest Indian embassy on February 13 and 14.

Yesterday, the government, in an extraordinary and sharp response to the international tweets, 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 using the hashtags IndiaTogether and IndiaAgainstPropaganda.

The hashtags became the theme of a major pushback from ministers, Bollywood stars and sportspersons who stressed in their posts that India’s government was handling the farmer protests through talks and that India’s sovereignty could not be compromised.

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