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Toolkit case: Greta Thunberg reacts to Disha Ravi's arrest, says ‘right to peaceful protest non-negotiable’

 In a tweet on Friday, Greta Thunberg said, "Freedom of speech and the right to peaceful protest and assembly are non-negotiable human rights. These must be a fundamental part of any democracy."

Toolkit case Greta Thunberg reacts to Disha Ravi's arrest, says right to peaceful protest non-negotiable-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Feb 20, 2021, 10:47 AM IST
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New Delhi: Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg on Friday voiced support for 22-year-old Indian environment advocate Disha Ravi, who has been arrested in connection with the ‘toolkit’ document on farmers’ protest.

This is the first time the Swedish climate activist responded to the arrest of Disha Ravi, who is part of her Fridays for Future movement.

In a tweet on Friday, Greta Thunberg said, "Freedom of speech and the right to peaceful protest and assembly are non-negotiable human rights. These must be a fundamental part of any democracy."

While using the hash tag "StandWithDishaRavi", Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg also attached a statement issued by the Indian chapter of Fridays for Future. It is important to note that Greta Thunberg had posted the 'toolkit' on Twitter that resulted in the arrest of Disha Ravi and non-bailable warrants against two others.

Meanwhile, Disha was sent to three days in judicial custody by a Delhi court on Friday in connection with the 'toolkit' case on the farmers' protest.

She was produced before Patiala House Court by the Special Cell of Delhi Police, as her five-day police custody ended Friday.

On February 13, the Delhi Police arrested Ravi from Bengaluru for her alleged role in editing and spreading the farm protest “toolkit” – a common term used by social activists for campaign material. The document was tweeted by Thunberg in support of India’s protesting farmers on February 4.

The Delhi Police have also issued non-bailable arrest warrants against activist Shantanu Muluk and Mumbai-based advocate Nikita Jacob in the case. However, they have both been granted transit anticipatory bail.

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