Outraged members of a Hindu nationalist group have burnt images of Greta Thunberg in New Delhi after the Swedish environmentalist tweeted in help of India’s protesting farmers.
Amid rising tensions between protesting farmers and the authorities, members of the United Hindu Front additionally held indicators saying India will “not tolerate interference in internal affairs.”
Hundreds of hundreds of farmers are occupying the streets outdoors of New Delhi forward of a deliberate nationwide strike on Saturday, their numbers swelling after a farmer died after violent clashes with police on January 26.
Tweets by Ms Thunberg and the singer Rihanna have catapulted the farmers’ protests into headline information worldwide; farmers consider proposed new agricultural legal guidelines will decimate their earnings by privatising the farming business.
In addition to tweeting her help of the protests, Ms Thunberg additionally shared a “toolkit” advising how individuals may peacefully exhibit towards the legal guidelines.
The “toolkit” advocated for Indians becoming a member of a farmers’ march into New Delhi, displaying their solidarity on social media utilizing particular hashtags and tweeting messages to Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister.
Ms Thunberg, 18, additionally proposed that these abroad protest outdoors their nearest Indian Embassy on February 13 and 14. Members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party had accused Ms Thunberg of being behind a overseas plot to divide the nation.
Earlier on Thursday, the Indian media reported Ms Thunberg would face a Delhi Police investigation for “criminal conspiracy” and “promoting enmity on grounds of religion, race” for sharing the “toolkit” however this didn’t go forward.
“We haven’t named anybody in the FIR, it’s only against the creators of the toolkit which is a matter of investigation and Delhi Police will be investigating that case,” mentioned Praveer Ranjan, a Special Commissioner of the Delhi Police.
Ms Thunberg reiterated her help for India’s farmers regardless of the backlash: “I still #StandWithFarmers and support their peaceful protest. No amount of hate, threats or violations of human rights will ever change that. #FarmersProtest.”