Thunberg on climate, pro-Palestinian demo on the fringes of UN talks in Bonn


Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg took part in a protest in Bonn, in which participants demanded action on climate change and denounced Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip.

The Kick Big Polluters Out demonstration was organized by a collective of climate justice and human rights groups.

In addition to climate demands, pro-Palestinian chants and posters were a key feature of the demonstration. Some held signs reading “Free Palestine.”

Thunberg raised her fist and joined the protest chants of about seventy participants.

Police said there were numerous demonstrations in Bonn on the sidelines of UN climate meetings taking place in the city. These talks prepare the way for the major COP29 meeting in Baku in November.

Thunberg has repeatedly expressed solidarity with the Palestinians. Her comments have sparked criticism from those who believe she minimized the massacres committed by the Palestinian militant Hamas movement on October 7.

The German chapter of Thunberg’s Fridays for Future movement has distanced itself from her statements.

In May, she was taken by police during a protest against Israel’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö.

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