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Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg to face trial again

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg will face court again at the end of September, charged with 'resisting arrest' at a protest.

Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg to face trial again
Greta Thunberg at a previous trial at Malmö District Court. Photo: Andreas Hillergren/TT

Police forcibly removed the 20-year-old campaigner from a climate rally in the Swedish port city on July 24th.

“The protest was unauthorised and led to traffic being blocked. The young woman refused to obey police order to leave the site,” said prosecutor Isabel Ekberg.

“This is therefore a case of refusal to comply.”

Hours before the July rally, Thunberg received a court fine after a short trial and conviction for disobeying police at a previous protest at the same port on June 19th.

The rally, organised by environmental activist group Reclaim the Future, tried to block the entrance and exit to the busy port to protest against the use of fossil fuels.

The date for Thunberg’s new trial has been set for September 27th.

The activist shot to global fame after starting her “School Strike for the Climate” in front of Sweden’s parliament in Stockholm at the age of 15.

In addition to her climate strikes, the young activist regularly lambasts governments and politicians for not properly addressing climate issues.

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CRIME

Sweden arrests two over ‘explosive device’ at Stockholm Central station

Swedish police arrested two suspects believed to be carrying an explosive device at Stockholm's main train station, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Sweden arrests two over 'explosive device' at Stockholm Central station

Officers cordoned off part of Stockholm Central Station on Wednesday and called in the bomb squad, who “seized the object and launched a detailed investigation”, prosecutors said.

A man and a woman in their thirties were arrested on suspicion of “violating legislation on inflammable and explosive products”, said prosecutor Carolina Frohm.

She added that they had been accused of an “aggravated offence and the planned destruction of property”.

The suspects were allegedly travelling to northern Sweden with a homemade bomb hidden in a bag, as well as drugs and a knife, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Swedish police said they had uncovered dozens of plots involving explosives this year.

The Scandinavian country has struggled to contain surging gang violence in recent years, with shootings and bombings reported weekly across the country.

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