The Swedish activist had just concluded her remarks on “international solidarity” while addressing a climate protest in the capital of the Netherlands.
On Sunday in Amsterdam, while addressing a climate protest, Greta Thunberg was interrupted when inviting a Palestinian and an Afghan woman to join her on stage.
The Swedish activist addressed tens of thousands of people in the Dutch capital prior to the nation’s general election the following week.
She stated that as a climate justice movement, we must heed the concerns of those who are oppressed and those who are fighting for freedom and justice.
Climate justice is impossible in the absence of international solidarity.
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Following the presentations of the Palestinian and Afghan women, Ms. Thunberg resumed her own discourse.
However, a man proceeded to the stage and stated, “I am here to protest climate change, not to express my political views,” before being escorted off the stage.
The man’s identity remained obscure. His cagoule bore the Water Natuurlijk logo, which has swayed Dutch water board membership.
It appeared that Ms. Thunberg was adorned with the traditional black and white Palestinian keffiyeh scarf.
A tiny handful of activists in the assembly’s foreground waved Palestinian flags and shouted pro-Palestinian slogans.
Later, while a band performed, Ms. Thunberg, age 20, was observed dancing behind the stage, unfazed by the interruption.
A mass protest culminated in the speeches delivered on stage. Tens of thousands of individuals marched through the streets of Amsterdam, demanding greater action to combat climate change.
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Record-Breaking Climate Protest in the Netherlands
The march, according to its organisers, attracted 70,000 participants and was dubbed the largest climate protest in the Netherlands.
Amidst the pedestrians traversing the historic core of the Dutch capital, Ms. Thunberg was present.
Later, in a square behind the famed Rijksmuseum, political leaders addressed the gathering, including former European Union climate chief Frans Timmermans, who now leads a centre-left, two-party bloc in the election campaign.
The Climate Crisis Coalition, the event’s organiser, issued the following statement. “We live in an age of crises, every single one of which is the consequence of political decisions. “It must be accomplished, although it may be accomplished in a different fashion.”
While the coalition comprised members of the Fridays for Future youth movement, demonstrators came in all age groups and were led by a sizable group of white-coated medical personnel carrying a banner that read “Climate crisis = health crisis.”
“I practise paediatrics.” “I am here to advocate for the rights of children,” Laura Sonneveld, one of the protesters, declared. “Children are the first to be affected by climate change.”
“The time has come for us to protest government decisions,” said youth coach and Spanish instructor Margje Weijs. “I hope this influences the election.”