(AmericanProsperity.com) – The ongoing farmer protests in India have now drawn world-wide attention as numerous celebrities share info about it on their social media pages. But, Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg got in a bit over her head after sharing a protest “toolkit” created by a Canadian organization entitled the “Poetic Justice Foundation” on Twitter.
Thunberg Shares a Controversial “Toolkit” on Twitter
On February 4, Thunberg tweeted a list of “suggested posts” for her followers to read, research, and promote the farmers’ protests. The toolkit promoted demonstrations at Indian embassies, among other actions. The creators of the toolkit, the Poetic Justice Foundation, shared screenshots of celebrities who backed the cause on Facebook.
Thunberg quickly deleted her original tweet and replaced it with the following:
Here’s an updated toolkit by people on the ground in India if you want to help. (They removed their previous document as it was outdated.)#StandWithFarmers #FarmersProtesthttps://t.co/ZGEcMwHUNL
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) February 3, 2021
Delhi Police Cite Greta Thunberg Tweets in Investigation
Shortly after Thunberg’s tweets, Delhi police released a First Information Report (FIR) detailing an alleged “overseas conspiracy” to “promote enmity” within the country. Thunberg’s toolkit tweets were cited in the report. In response, Thunberg tweeted this:
I still #StandWithFarmers and support their peaceful protest.
No amount of hate, threats or violations of human rights will ever change that. #FarmersProtest
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) February 4, 2021
While Thunberg’s words were cited in the investigation, it centers around the Poetic Justice Foundation, whose website says its aim is to “provoke, challenge and disrupt systemic inequities and biases.”
India’s Government Pushes Back Against Celebrities
India’s Ministry of External Affairs posted a statement addressing the social media posts surrounding the farmers’ revolt. It reiterated that the Parliament of India passed the protested reforms to move the nation towards sustainable farming and only “a very small section of farmers” are protesting them.
The government asked observers to see the protests “in the context of India’s democratic ethos” and condemned the “sensationalist social media hashtags and comments” as “neither accurate nor responsible.”
This past year has shown the world how easy it is for almost any idea to gain momentum on social media, even if not grounded in fact or responsibility. While peaceful protests and asking for changes is a vital part of any democracy, every citizen must check the information they take in and spread in order to move our world towards unity rather than anger and dissension.
~Here’s to Your Prosperity!
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