Climate activist Greta Thunberg is acquitted of public order charges during the oil protest in London


LONDON – Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was acquitted on Friday of violating public order over a protest at an oil and gas conference in October.

It was Thunberg He was arrested on October 17 Outside the InterContinental London Park Lane hotel after joining hundreds of demonstrators in the ‘Oil Money Out’ demonstration organized by Fossil Free London and Greenpeace.

Oil executives were meeting inside the hotel on the first day of the Energy Intelligence Forum, formerly known as the Oil & Money Conference.

Thunberg appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court in London this week alongside two Fossil Free London protesters and two Greenpeace demonstrators. All five defendants have pleaded not guilty after being charged with violating Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986 by not taking their protest to a designated area.

The judge in the London court ruled that she had no case to answer, and also acquitted the other defendants. “The prosecution’s evidence is insufficient for any reasonable court to properly convict the defendants, and I exercise my discretion to acquit the five defendants,” Judge John Law said to applause from the audience in the hall.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement at the time that it imposed conditions on protesters under Section 14 of the Public Order Act “to prevent serious disruption to the community, hotel and guests.”

The law allows police to impose conditions on a public group in an attempt to prevent issues such as “significant impact on persons or serious disruption of an organization’s activities by noise; serious disturbance.” [and] “Severe property damage.”

Thunberg catapulted to fame in 2018 when her “skolstrejk för klimatet” (school strike for climate) movement gained momentum around the world.

The prominent activist was 21 years old He was arrested several times During climate protests across Europe over the past 12 months.

Thunberg spoke out in October last year after a Swedish court fined her for disobeying police during a protest It said She said she was ready to continue participating in the demonstrations even if it “resulted in more sentences.”

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