Thunberg also took notes as one of the officers recounted in court how police tried to break up last year’s demonstration, in which participants blocked several entrances and exits at the luxury InterContinental hotel in central London for several hours, the AP noted.
The trial is expected to last at least two days.
A Swedish activist is denying charges of disorderly conduct, which prosecutors say she committed with other protesters during a demonstration during a London energy conference involving oil and gas miners. Among the guests of the conference were, for example, heads of Aramco, Repsol, Shell, TotalEnergies and Kuwait Petroleum Corporation.
Greta Thunberg protested against Israel in Leipzig
The 21-year-old activist, who became world-famous thanks to weekly protests in front of the Swedish parliament in 2018, was also detained on October 17 last year. She also caused a stir with a series of pro-Palestinian demonstrations after Israel launched military retaliation in the Gaza Strip following an attack by the Hamas terrorist movement.
On Thursday, she appeared in court together with four other defendants aged between 19 and 59. All deny the blame. According to the authorities, they refused to meet the conditions of the police, who called on them to move their protest to the area designated for it. Each defendant faces a fine of up to 2,500 pounds (more than 72 thousand crowns) if convicted.
Prosecutor Luke Staton said on Thursday that the condition was required by law and that officers had legitimate concerns that the protest could result in “serious disruption of community life”. The police allegedly called on Thunberg to leave the place of the protest, otherwise she would be arrested. “She said she was going to stay where she was, so she was arrested,” Staton said.
Environmental activists chanted outside the courthouse Thursday that “climate protest is not a crime.” “The UK is criminalizing peaceful climate activists like Greta while rolling out the red carpet for climate criminals in hotels,” The Guardian website quoted Joanna Warrington, organizer of the Fossil Free London movement as saying.