On February 19, climate activist Disha Ravi’s judicial custody was further extended by another three days. She has already spent five days in police custody.
Days after the arrest of climate activist Disha Ravi from Bengaluru, Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg on Friday extended her support to Ravi through a post on Twitter with the hashtag #StandWithDishaRavi. It is the first time that Thunberg publicly raised her voice for Ravi who was arrested by the Delhi Police in connection with the “toolkit” case.
Thunberg tweeted: “Freedom of speech and the right to peaceful protest and assembly are non-negotiable human rights.”
Her tweet came after a statement released by the Indian chapter of Fridays for Future (FFF) that expressed its solidarity with Ravi. FFF is an international climate movement inspired by Thunberg. The statement said: “As fellow volunteers, we wouldn’t stand back to say that she [Ravi] is one of the finest amongst us all. If there is one thing her activism has taught us, it is to raise our voices peacefully and respectfully for those at stake, to ensure justice for everyone.” Ravi was an active volunteer of FFF and helped organize various events.
On February 19, Ravi’s judicial custody was further extended by another three days. She has already spent five days in police custody. As we have reported earlier, Ravi was arrested for allegedly having connections to the “toolkit” related to farmers protests. This toolkit was shared by Thunberg and later deleted and replaced with another. The police claim that an organization calling itself the Poetic Justice Foundation, a Khalistani group is behind the toolkit.