India’s Fridays For Future activist Disha Ravi faces life imprisonment after using a toolkit* Swedish green guru Greta Thunberg accidentally tweeted earlier this month. Indian authorities are taking a zero-tolerance approach to environmentalists after outbreaks of violence involving the country’s farmers protests backed by greens. So far, no offers of help from Thunberg.
Indian activist arrested for creating protest ‘toolkit’ shared by Greta Thunberg
By Lee Brown, February 15, 2021, New York Post
An Indian activist has been arrested for allegedly making an anti-government protest toolkit that Greta Thunberg accidentally shared online.
Disha Ravi, 22, could face up to life in prison following her arrest Sunday in connection to the online document, which calls for organized support for India’s deadly farmers’ protests.
Ravi, a leader of the Indian arm of Thunberg’s Fridays for Future protest movement, is being investigated for possible sedition — a charge that carries a penalty of life imprisonment, a police source told Reuters.
Her arrest followed condemnation by India’s government over “vested interest groups trying to enforce their agenda” — after Thunberg, Rihanna and Vice President Kamala Harris’ niece Meena Harris were among those suddenly tweeting their support to the farmers.
The planning then came to light when 18-year-old Swedish eco-activist Thunberg accidentally tweeted the toolkit link to her 4.9 million followers.
*UPDATE 02/17/2021: Disha Ravi stands accused of agitating for violence leading up to a farmer’s rally she attended earlier this month.