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Greta Thunberg charged for disobeying police order after blocking oil tankers in Sweden


The Swedish climate activist has been charged with disobeying law enforcement.

Swedish prosecutors have charged Greta Thunberg with disobedience to law enforcement in connection with a climate protest in Malmö last month.

The activist was detained with others after they stopped traffic in the oil terminal of the port in Malmö on 19 June, local newspaper Sydsvenskan reports.

A short statement by Swedish prosecutors on Wednesday said a “young woman” was charged with disobedience because she "refused to comply with police orders to leave the scene” during the protest. The statement didn't identify the woman, but Swedish Prosecution Authority spokeswoman Annika Collin confirmed that it was Greta.

What punishment could Greta face?

Sydsvenskan said the 20-year-old Swedish activist will be called to trial at the end of July. Prosecutor Charlotte Ottosen told the paper that the crime of disobedience is typically punishable with fines.

Greta's media team didn't immediately answer a request for comment.

Greta Thunberg inspired a global youth movement demanding stronger efforts to fight climate change after staging weekly protests outside the Swedish Parliament starting in 2018.

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