Greta’s speech hijacked — man says, ‘I’ve come for a climate demonstration, not a political view’

Greta’s speech hijacked-man says, ‘I’ve come for a climate demonstration, not a political view’

Thunberg invited a Palestinian and an Afghan woman on stage


  • The man came onto the stage and grabbed the mic after Ms Thunberg said: ‘The people in power have not been listening’

A Greta Thunberg speech was hijacked on Sunday by a man who grabbed the microphone and told her ‘I’ve come for a climate demonstration, not a political view’ after she invited a Palestinian and an Afghan woman onto the stage.

Ms Thunberg was talking to a crowd of tens of thousands in Amsterdam when she asked the women to join her on the platform.

‘As a climate justice movement, we have to listen to the voices of those who are being oppressed and those who are fighting for freedom and for justice. Otherwise, there can be no climate justice without international solidarity,’ she said.

After the Palestinian and the Afghan woman, Sahar Shirzad, spoke and Ms Thunberg resumed her speech, noting that ‘the people in power have not been listening,’ a man came onto the stage and interrupted her, grabbing the mic.

‘I have come here for a climate demonstration, not a political view,’ he said, before he was ushered off as crowd members booed.

Ms Thunberg then grabbed the mic back and repeated: ‘Calm down.’

After a brief pause she started chanting: ‘No climate justice on occupied land.’

The man’s identity was not clear. He was wearing a jacket with the name of a group called Water Natuurlijk that has elected members in Dutch water boards.

Before Ms Thunberg took to the stage, the event was briefly interrupted as a small group of activists at the front of the crowd waved Palestinian flags and chanted pro-Palestinian slogans.

She appeared undeterred and was later seen dancing behind the stage as a band played.

The incident came after tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Amsterdam calling for more action to tackle climate change in a mass protest just 10 days before a national election.


Header featured image (edited) credit: Thunberg/Demonstrator/AP photo

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