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Greta Thunberg charged after blocking Sweden oil port for second time

Greta Thunberg is carried away by police officers during a climate protest on July 24 (file photo)  (TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Ima)
Greta Thunberg is carried away by police officers during a climate protest on July 24 (file photo) (TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Ima)

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has been charged with disobeying a police order on Friday, less than two months after she was convicted and fined for the same offence.

Ms Thunberg, 20, was fined 1,500 Swedish crowns (£108) by a Swedish court on July 24 for failing to leave a climate protest when ordered by police.

Straight after the verdict, the activist and others from the environmental group Reclaim the Future blocked the road for oil trucks in Malmo harbour and were again forcibly removed by police.

“The demonstration did not have a permit and it led to the blocking of car traffic. The woman refused to obey the police command to leave the scene,” prosecutors said in a statement.

She could face a harsher sentence if convicted a second time. Failure to obey a police order carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison.

The 20-year-old became the face of young climate activists worldwide after staging weekly protests in front of the Swedish parliament.

The charges come as tens of thousands of climate activists around the world are protesting throughout the weekend to call for an end to the burning of fossil fuels.

The action is taking place in dozens of countries and in hundreds of cities worldwide, including in Sweden.

Greta Thunberg pictured blockading a harbour in Malmo in climate change protest (REUTERS)
Greta Thunberg pictured blockading a harbour in Malmo in climate change protest (REUTERS)

Protesters on Friday gathered in front of Parliament, just next to the Royal Palace where Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf was celebrating his 50th anniversary on the throne.

Their chants about “climate justice" could be heard in the palace courtyard as the king watched the changing of the guard during the golden jubilee celebrations.

In a separate demo in Quezon City in the Philippines, activists lay in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in protest, and held signs demanding fossil fuels be phased out.

Last week, the United Nations warned that countries are way off track to curb warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius since pre-industrial times, as agreed in Paris in 2015.

Over the past few months, Earth broke its daily average heat record several times, while July was the hottest month ever on record.