New Delhi police have arrested a 22-year-old activist accused of editing and circulating an online document tweeted by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and intended to help farmers protest against new agricultural reforms.
Police arrested Disha Ravi on Feb. 14, charging her with offenses that include sedition and criminal conspiracy, according to local media, for sharing a “toolkit” that suggests ways of how to help the farmers’ protests in India.
In a tweet, the police stated that Ravi is an “editor” of the toolkit and a “key conspirator” in creating and disseminating the document.
The public prosecutor also said that the “toolkit” was part of pro-Khalistan groups in the country.
The Coalition for Environment Justice in India released a statement, calling for the immediate release of Ravi, who is one of the founders of the Indian branch of Thunberg’s Fridays for Future campaign.
“The act of criminalizing young people for extending solidarity to a struggle that resonates with their own aspirations for a healthy and secure future, strikes as a new low,” the coalition said in a statement, as reported by daily newspaper The Hindu.
Earlier this month, Thunberg shared the document on Twitter to show her support for the farmers who have been protesting since December against agricultural reforms that they say will harm their livelihoods and will only benefit large corporations.
Thunberg said that the toolkit was to spread awareness on the current issue, but authorities claimed that it was anti-government and was aimed at waging an “economic, social, cultural, and regional war against India.”
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