Freedom of speech, protest non-negotiable: Greta Thunberg reacts to Disha Ravi's arrest in 'toolkit' case

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has on Friday reacted to the arrest of activist Disha Ravi in the 'toolkit' case.

Thunberg said that 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," she added.

While using the hashtag "StandWithDishaRavi", Thunberg also attached a statement issued by the Indian chapter of Fridays for Future, of which Disha Ravi is an integral part.

"Disha has been an integral part of this movement. Not only has she been voicing out environmental concerns in India but strived for the equality and representation of the country's most affected and marginalized groups in the global climate movement's narrative," it said.

"We at FFF India have always condemned violence of any sort. We will continue our work for Climate Justice issues. Children in India are breathing the most polluted air in the world, eating pesticide-ridden food and facing the brunt of water crisis," it added.

The FFF also said it stands in solidarity with Disha Ravi "respectfully, legally and constitutionally".

Meanwhile, a Delhi court on Friday sent Ravi, arrested for allegedly being involved in sharing a "toolkit" on social media related to the farmers' protest, to three-day judicial custody. For the uninitiated, the 'toolkit' was posted by Greta Thunberg on Twitter. It resulted in the arrest of Disha Ravi and non-bailable warrants against two others-- Shantanu Mukul and Nikita Jacob.

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