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Greta Thunberg removed from Swedish climate protest, hours after court appearance on previous effort

The climate activist was just convicted for similar actions from June just hours before.

Published: July 24, 2023 2:45pm

Climate activist Greta Thunberg was removed by police Monday from a climate protest in Sweden, just hours after making a  court appearance from a similar act in June. 

The incident occurred in the city of Malmo, after Thunberg appeared in a local fine court to pay a fine for disobeying a police order at last month's protest, according to Reuters.

Thunberg, now 20, became well known as the teenager activist helping lead climate-change activism, staging repeated protests outside Swedish parliament, then after being arrested  pleading not guilty on the argument her actions were necessary.

"It is absurd that those who act in line with science should pay the price for it," she said Monday outside of the Malmo district court, the wire service also reports.

Her charges from June are reportedly for refusing to leave when ordered by police after blocking the road with her group Reclaim the Future. The road they blocked had oil trucks trying to get out of Malmo harbor on June 19.

On Monday, almost immediately after her sentencing, Thunberg went back to Malmo harbor to do the same thing.

Thunberg told the court that her actions were justified, saying, "I believe that we are in an emergency that threatens life, health and property. Countless people and communities are at risk both in the short term and in the long term," she reportedly said.

Her sentencing from her actions in June requires her to pay a 1,500 Swedish crown fine, a sum equal to about $144, as well as a 1000 crown fine, which will be given to the Swedish fund from victims of crime.

The court applied the fine in proportion to her income and failure to comply could result in a six-month prison sentence.

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