Climate activist Greta Thunberg joins protest against new French motorway

Climate activist Greta Thunberg on Saturday joined a banned anti-motorway protest in southern France where police fired tear gas and made arrests a day earlier.

Thunberg came as part of a delegation of French, Belgian, Swedish and Spanish activists to the site near the southwestern city of Toulouse.

"We are here to stand in solidarity with the people who are resisting this project and this madness," Thunberg told reporters, wearing a Palestinian keffiyeh.

"Unfortunately, these kinds of projects are not unique to France but are happening all over the world and are a symptom of a global crisis," she said.

A global figure in the fight against climate change, Thunberg has been fined by one Swedish court for her direct-action protests there.

But she saw another case against her thrown out by an English court last week.

French authorities had banned the gathering in Saix, where a new motorway is planned, because of "risks of serious harm to public order".

But protest organizers Cabanade had gone ahead with the protest and on Friday, French police fired tear gas and made arrests at the site.


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