Greta unfazed by criticism: ‘Still stand with farmers, no threat will change that’

The teenage activist has shared a 'toolkit' telling people ways they can support protesting farmers. The Delhi police sense an 'international conspiracy' to instigate more protests

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Tweets by Greta Thunberg and US singer Rihana in support of farmers has drawn international attention while also drawing the ire of Ministry of External Affairs, which cautioned celebrities against making sensational statements on “India’s internal matter”.

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg is not deterred by the criticism for showing her support to the farmers’ protest in the country. The Swedish teen tweeted again on Thursday (February 4) saying she “still” stood with farmers and “no amount of threats” would change that.

On Wednesday, Greta had tweeted her support for the farmers’ ongoing agitation in Delhi. Tweets by Greta Thunberg and US singer Rihana in support of farmers have drawn international attention while also drawing the ire of the Ministry of External Affairs, which cautioned celebrities against making sensational statements on “India’s internal matter”.

Several Indian celebrities, including Akshay Kumar, Kangana Ranaut, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli among others, supported the government with hashtags IndiaTogether and IndiaAgainstPropaganda.

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On Thursday, the Delhi police filed a case against unidentified people for such tweets alleging “criminal conspiracy” and attempt to “promote enmity between groups”.

Also read: Sachin, Virat, Shastri bat for Modi govt against Rihanna’s farmer tweet

The Delhi police, however, said the FIR has not named Greta Thunberg in particular but those who are “promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language… and acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.”

Soon after news flashed about Delhi police filing a case, 18-year-old Greta put a new tweet: “I still #StandWithFarmers and support their peaceful protest. No amount of hate, threats or violations of human rights will ever change that. #FarmersProtest.”

On Thursday, Thunberg shared a “toolkit” telling people the different ways they can support the protesting farmers. Delhi Police used this “toolkit” comment to suggest an “international conspiracy” to instigate more protests.

Also read: Modi govt’s handling of farmers’ protest has hurt India’s reputation: Rahul

Greta had deleted a similar “toolkit” she had posted last night with information on supporting farmers on Republic Day, which was last week. On Thursday, the 18-year-old shared an updated list, with a suggestion to organize protests near the closest Indian embassy on February 13 and 14.

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