LONDON : Environmental activist Greta Thunberg arrived at a London court on Thursday, where she faces public-order charges [ linked to demonstration against the energy industry ].

Supporters were already gathered outside Westminster Magistrates' Court in Central London when the 21-year-old Swedish campaigner arrived around an hour before the 10:00 am start of her two-day trial.

They held large yellow signs stating ''fossil free London'' and ''climate protest is not a crime'' as Thunberg and her fellow defendants made their way through the throng and into the court building.

A global figure in the fight against climate change, Thunberg pleaded not guilty to the charges at an initial hearing in November, as did four other activists who are her co-defendants.

Thunberg, who faces a maximum fine of £2,500 [ $3,177] was taken away by two police officers and put into the back of a van outside the Energy Intelligence Forum, after she joined a mass protest.

She was one of the dozens of activists arrested for disrupting access to the conference, which brought together major oil and gas companies at a luxury hotel in the British capital on October 17.

Demonstrators greeted the forum participants with cries of ''Shame on you!'' while carrying placards reading ''Stop Rosebank'', a reference to the controversial new North Sea Oil field that the government authorised in September.

London police arrested Thunberg for failing to adhere to an order not to block the street where the rally was taking place. [AFP]


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