Environmental activist Greta Thunberg sparked a criminal police investigation in India after she accidentally tweeted – and quickly deleted – a cheat-sheet of “Suggested Posts” regarding the ongoing violent farmers’ revolt, according to the NY Post, while the list was archived by Breaking 911.
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg posted a document to Twitter containing tweets that she was told to post and actions she should take regarding the current protests in India. She quickly deleted the tweet. pic.twitter.com/ruEfp4Ypg1
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) February 3, 2021
The “toolkit” of suggested content gave a series of tips on what to post, and asks the 18-year-old Thunberg to repost and tag celebrities – including pop star Rihanna.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 2, 2021
The “toolkit” also shared and suggested publicizing planned demonstrations at Indian embassies.
The campaign material and social media template was created by Canada’s Poetic Justice Foundation, which claims to be a grassroots group creating “events to provoke, challenge and disrupt systemic inequities and biases,” Times Now said. The group’s website confirms it is “most actively involved in the #FarmersProtest.”
After deleting the original “toolkit,” Thunberg then shared a supposedly newer version along with the message “We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India.”
Tens of thousands of farmers have gathered at the fringes of India’s capital to protest new agricultural laws which they say strip them of income and at the mercy of corporations. On Jan. 26, India’s Republic Day, the farmers led a violent clash where hundreds of police officers were injured and a protester died. Several farmers were also injured.
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