Greta Thunberg could face up to 6 months in prison. Here’s why

Published 2023-09-18 16:12

Activist blocked oil port during protest in July

Being an activist often means pushing the boundaries to get what you want.

And for Greta Thunberg, pushing those boundaries is starting to lead to consequences.

For the second time in two months, the 20-year-old Swedish climate activist has been charged by police. 

On Sept. 15, she was charged with disobeying a police order to leave a protest.

The incident happened in Malmo, Sweden, on July 24. 

Greta Thunberg is carried away by police at a climate protest. 

Thunberg is forcibly removed from a protest in July after refusing a police order to leave. (Image credit: Reuters) 

At that protest, she and other activists blocked the entrance to an oil port, preventing oil trucks from getting in and out.

Blocking the oil port was a way to push for an end to the use of fossil fuels.

After refusing to leave, police picked up Thunberg and took her to a police car. 

All this occurred just hours after she had been fined in connection with another incident in June.

On the morning of July 24, she was fined 1,500 Swedish crowns ($181 Cdn) in a Swedish court for refusing to leave a protest back in June. 

If convicted a second time, she could face a harsher sentence.

Failure to obey a police order carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison. 

Want to know more about Greta Thunberg? Check back on Tuesday afternoon for a KN Explains all about the 20-year-old climate change activist. 

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With files from Reuters