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Greta Thunberg Pleads Not Guilty After Arrest at London Protest

Renowned climate activist Greta Thunberg pleaded not guilty to a public order offence charge in a British court on Wednesday, following her arrest during an environmental protest in London last month. The 20-year-old activist was detained on October 17 when she and other demonstrators locked arms to obstruct entrances to a hotel hosting an oil and gas conference.

Wearing a grey T-shirt and black jeans, Thunberg appeared in London’s Westminster Magistrates Court, where the judge set February 1 as the date for her trial. The charges relate to her alleged failure to comply with police-imposed conditions aimed at preventing “serious disruption to the community, hotel, and guests.”

Thunberg, who gained global recognition as the face of climate activism, started staging weekly protests in Sweden in 2018. Since then, she has traveled worldwide, addressing crowds at marches and protests. The charges brought against her in London could result in a fine of up to £2,500 ($3,069) if she is found guilty.

This incident adds to a series of encounters Thunberg has had with authorities this year. Prior to her arrest in London, she had been detained or removed from protests in Sweden, Norway, and Germany. The activist’s commitment to climate activism continues to draw attention globally, highlighting the ongoing efforts to address environmental concerns and promote sustainable practices.

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