Greta Thunberg’s speech was interrupted 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.
While speaking to thousands in Amsterdam, Thunberg invited 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 finished speaking, a man came onto the stage and interrupted Greta Thunberg’s speech , grabbing the mic.
“I have come here for a climate demonstration, not a political view,” he said.
Thunberg then grabbed the mic back and told the man to “calm down.”
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After a brief pause, she started chanting: “No climate justice on occupied land.”
The Daily Mail reported:
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 ten days before a national election.
Organizers claimed that 70,000 people participated in the march, calling it the biggest climate protest in the Netherlands.
Carrying placards reading:
‘Our house is on fire,’ ‘In 2050: Daddy, what are trees?’, and ‘Climate Justice Now,’ demonstrators packed into Amsterdam’s central square and set off through the streets.
Ms Thunberg was among those walking through the historic heart of the Dutch capital.
Political leaders, including former European Union climate chief Frans Timmermans, who now leads a centre-left, two-party bloc in the election campaign, later addressed the crowd in a square behind the landmark Rijksmuseum.
“We live in a time of crises, all of which are the result of the political choices that have been made. It has to be done and it can be done differently,” the organiser, the Climate Crisis Coalition, said in a statement.
While the coalition included the Fridays for Future youth movement, protesters were all ages and included a large contingent of medics in white coats carrying a banner emblazoned with the text: ‘Climate crisis = health crisis’.
“I am a pediatrician. I’m here standing up for the rights of children,” said Laura Sonneveld. “Children are the first to be affected by climate change.”
Tackling climate change is one of the key policy areas for political parties contesting the November 22 general election.
“It is time for us to protest about government decisions,” said Margje Weijs, a Spanish teacher and youth coach.
“I hope this influences the election.”