Global warming activist Greta Thunberg is suggesting that protestors stand up to the police and “break the rules” when demonstrating.
“If standing up against the climate and ecological breakdown and for humanity is against the rules then the rules must be broken,” the 16-year-old activist tweeted on Tuesday.
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) October 15, 2019
Thunberg’s tweet follows London police being ordered to arrest Extinction Rebellion protestors causing disruption and chaos with their “Autumn Uprising” demonstrations.
Thunberg’s comments came with a retweet of an article calling the police ban on protestors “unlawful.”
Extinction Rebellion protestors were disbanded from Trafalgar Square on Monday and police banned further assembly. Spanning 10 days of demonstrations, over 1000 people were reportedly arrested and more than 100 of those people were charged.
Lawyers for the protesting group were in court on Wednesday to call for a judicial review on the ban.
The protests were shut down after hundreds of demonstrators caused massive disruption in London, primarily by blocking streets.
“There’s a general consensus that this is unlawful overreach and that it risks criminalising anyone who seeks to protest about the climate and ecological emergency,” Tobias Garnett, a human rights lawyer working with XR’s legal strategy team, told the press on Wednesday.
Videos out of the London protests are truly ridiculous. They show people sitting in the street and defying police as they are arrested. It’s unclear what any of this is doing to help the climate.
Some videos even show people smiling as they are arrested, suggesting these protests are more about narcissism than any sort of altruism.
Check out some videos from the protests below:
Award-winning author & @guardian journalist @GeorgeMonbiot arrested just now for flouting London-wide ban on XR protests. @TheGreenParty co-chair @jon_bartley also just arrested (on his birthday) while 2,500 people discuss the climate emergency on Trafalgar Sq. #EverybodyNow pic.twitter.com/BWxFu9TBFk
— Extinction Rebellion UK ?️ (@XRebellionUK) October 16, 2019
— Josiah Mortimer (@josiahmortimer) October 16, 2019
Climate change protests have been taking place in the States as well. Actress Jane Fonda was arrested in the U.S. Capitol last week and she noted that Thunberg was her inspiration.
The fact that a 16-year-old girl has become the intellectual leader for climate change activists should also tell you how silly this all is.
Speaking to the United Nations last month, Thunberg scolded world leaders over global warming.
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you,” she said.
“She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!” President Donald Trump wrote in response to the viral video of Thunberg ranting.
She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see! https://t.co/1tQG6QcVKO
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019
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