Greta Thunberg was pursued for not complying with the injunction from the London police not to block access to the hotel where the gathering was taking place. However, Judge John Law deemed that the conditions for conducting the protest had been *”imposed unreasonably”* by the police on the activists present at the scene, and that other measures *“were available and could have been implemented.”* Therefore, *“anyone who did not adhere to these rules did not commit an offense,”* he added. She risked a maximum fine of 2500 pounds (nearly 3000 euros).
Released on bail after her arrest, she had taken part in a new protest in front of the five-star hotel the day after her release, along with hundreds of other people. *“Even if it is us standing here, (…) activists for the environment and human rights all over the world are being pursued (…) for acting in accordance with science. We must remember who the real enemy is,”* Greta Thunberg had told the press on Thursday upon leaving Westminster Magistrates Court after the first day of the trial.
He is particularly criticized for deciding to grant new permits for the exploitation of hydrocarbon deposits in the North Sea. Environmental groups such as Just Stop Oil or Extinction Rebellion have carried out numerous actions to denounce this policy. Hostile to these movements, the government has tightened legislation to punish them more severely and deter them from taking action.
Greta Thunberg, who gained worldwide fame with her *“school strikes for the climate”* started at the age of 15 in Sweden, regularly takes part in such protests. Last weekend, she participated in a march in southern England against the expansion of the Farnborough Airport, mainly used by private jets.