Climate activist Greta Thunberg was interrupted by a man at a climate protest in the Netherlands after expressing sympathy for Palestine. The man argued that he was not there to listen to “political opinions” but to participate in a climate demonstration. The German branch of Fridays for Future, which Thunberg founded, is now criticizing Thunberg’s stance.
During Sunday’s climate march in Amsterdam, Thunberg allowed a Palestinian and an Afghan woman to speak on stage about the situation in Gaza.
– As a climate justice movement, we have to listen to the voices of those who are being oppressed and those who are fighting for freedom and for justice. Otherwise, there can be no climate justice without international solidarity, the climate activist said, according to US News.
After the women’s speeches, a man took the stage and grabbed Thunberg’s microphone, expressing his frustration at hearing political opinions at a climate protest.
– I have come here for a climate demonstration, not a political view, the man said.
Thunberg then received help from her colleagues to retrieve the microphone and escort the man off the stage.
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The climate alarmist has previously shown support for Palestine, including through social media posts in which she “striked in solidarity” with Palestine and Gaza. One post uploaded in October prompted a strong response from an Israeli army spokesperson.
– Anyone who identifies with Greta in the future is a terrorist supporter in my eyes, Arye Sharuz Shalicar told the newspaper Politico.
However, Shalicar later apologized for his statement, saying he was “extremely upset”.
The 20-year-old’s pro-Palestinian activism has caused rifts in her movement, Fridays for Future, where the movement’s German leader, Luisa Neubauer, expressed disappointment in Thunberg.
– The fact that Greta Thunberg has not said anything concrete about the Jewish victims of the October 7 massacre disappoints me, Neubauer said in an interview with the German news site Zeit.