- Hindu protesters in New Delhi burned effigies of Greta Thunberg and Rihanna after they tweeted in support of protesting Indian farmers
- Thunberg shared then promptly deleted a ‘toolkit’ with advice on what to post in support of the farmers who are rallying against agricultural reforms
- The 18-year-old climate activist then tweeted an updated version of the kit, whose creators are under investigation by New Delhi police for ‘criminal conspiracy’ and sedition
Furious demonstrators in India have burned photos of teen climate activist Greta Thunberg after she tweeted her support for the country’s protesting farmers, prompting a criminal investigation in the process.
Activists from the United Hindu Front, a religious organisation which supports Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gathered in the capital New Delhi on Thursday.
The group held signs saying that India would ‘not tolerate interference in internal affairs’ and burned pictures of Thunberg and the Barbadian singer Rihanna, who had also tweeted in support of the farmers.
Thunberg also managed to spark a criminal investigation in India after she tweeted a link to a Google document that included sample tweets people could share to draw attention to the farmers’ protests.
The climate activist promptly deleted the tweet and later posted a second ‘updated’ document without the samples.
But Delhi police are now investigating the group behind the document for ‘conspiracy’, after a politician said it contained ‘evidence of international plans for attacks against India’.