A court in London on Friday cleared Swedish activist Greta Thunberg of violating public order. The case concerned a protest before the oil and gas conference in October 2023.
Greta Thunberg and 26 other people were detained on October 17 last year outside the InterContinental London Park Lane hotel in London, where the annual Energy Intelligence Forum conference of the oil and gas sector was held. Protesters blocked the entrance to the hotel and disobeyed police orders to leave the street.
However, London Borough of Westminster Magistrates’ Court Judge John Law ruled on Friday that there were “significant deficiencies in the evidence” presented against Thunberg and the four other defendants.
He explained that the police could have taken less restrictive measures, they did not specify exactly where protesters should move, and the order given to disperse was “so vague as to be unlawful”, so those who did not comply did not commit a crime. .
Thunberg and the other defendants faced fines of up to £2,500.
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