Delhi police books Greta Thunberg, lodges FIR for tweets on Farmers Protests

Delhi Police has lodged an FIR against climate change activist Greta Thunberg over her recent tweets on farmers’ protests in India, a Delhi based media organisation reported.

Greta Thunberg posted on her Twitter account in solidarity with the farmers’ agitation.

In the first tweet on Tuesday night, Greta Thunberg wrote “We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India” and shared a CNN article on the ongoing farmers’ protest in India and how internet has been suspended around the Delhi borders.

In a follow-up tweet, Greta Thunberg wrote, “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 (They removed their previous document as it was outdated.)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” and shared a document on details about the agitation.”

Motivated campaigns targeting India will never succeed, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, in comments that came on a day his ministry hit out singer Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thunberg for their support to farmers agitating against the new agricultural laws.

A tweet by Rihanna extending support to protesting farmers triggered a wave of support for them by a number of global celebrities, activists and politicians.

“Motivated campaigns targeting India will never succeed. We have the self confidence today to hold our own. This India will push back,” Jaishankar said on Twitter with hastags #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda.

In a strong response to the remarks made by Rihanna and other celebrities and activists, the Ministry of External Affairs earlier said the “temptation” of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments is “neither accurate, nor responsible”.

Besides Rihanna, Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, Meena Harris, an American lawyer and niece of US Vice President Kamala Harris, actress Amanda Cerni, singers Jay Sean, Dr Zeus and former adult star Mia Khalifa too voiced their support to the protesting farmers.

Rihanna on Tuesday became the first global name to voice her support to the ongoing farmers agitation while criticising the Internet shutdown at the protest sites at Delhi border.

In its reaction, the MEA also said some “vested interest groups” are trying to enforce their agenda on the protests and that a very small section of farmers in parts of the country have some reservations about the farm reforms which were passed by the Parliament after a full debate and discussion.


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