The Delhi police have clarified that the FIR it filed is not against Greta Thunberg but a “toolkit” that she had tweeted, which was allegedly linked to a Khalistani group. Delhi police said its investigating into the overseas conspiracy enmeshed in the farmer protests.
To a question on whether Greta Thunberg, 18, had been named in the FIR, Delhi police said they have not named anybody in the FIR. It is only against the creators of the toolkit.
Earlier it was reported that the Delhi Police has filed an FIR against Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg for extending support to the ongoing farmers’ agitation in India. She has been charged with criminal conspiracy and promoting enmity. Notably, Thunberg is among a host of international celebrities who have extended their support to the farmers’ agitation—a move that has not gone down well with the BJP government at the Centre.
Meanwhile, moments after the news spread about Delhi Police’s FIR against Greta Thunberg, she tweeted, “I still #StandWithFarmers and support their peaceful protest. No amount of hate, threats or violations of human rights will ever change that. #FarmersProtest.”
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) February 4, 2021
Earlier, she had tweeted, “We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India.”
Notably, the social media posts made by international celebrities such as Barbadian singer and actress Rihanna, Greta Thunberg and adult star Mia Khalifa have drawn international attention towards the ongoing farmers’ protest.
US supports peaceful protests by farmers
Apart from the international celebrities, the US too has urged the Indian government to recognise peaceful protests and allow access to the internet. The new US administration under President Joe Biden has said that unhindered access to information, including the internet, and peaceful protests are hallmarks of a thriving democracy.
The remarks were made by a US State Department spokesperson in response to questions over the farmers’ protest and the Centre’s move to block the internet near the protest sits. The spokesperson added that the US would encourage that any differences between the parties should be resolved through dialogue.
“In general, the United States welcomes steps that would improve the efficiency of India’s markets and attract greater private sector investment,” the spokesperson added, in remarks seen to indicate support for the farm laws pitched by the government as long-overdue reforms in the agriculture sector.
Centre’s stinging response to celebrity tweets
The support extended by international celebrities and activists to the ongoing farmers’ protest in India has not gone down well with the Union government. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has also issued a stinging response to the hullaballoo created around the farmers’ protest.
It said that the temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible.
Apart from the Centre, several celebrities from the Hindi film industry and sports also registered their protest against the tweets made by the international celebrities.
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