Climate activist Greta Thunberg led the ‘Fridays for Future’ school strike in Vienna on Friday.
The Swedish teenager marched with fellow students before delivering a speech to the crowd.
She urged the crowd to maintain solidarity in the face of pressure from the political and educational establishment.
“Most adults and people in power are still not listening to us, they say go back to school so that when you get older you can change something,” Thunberg told supporters.
“They mock us, they spread rumours about us, they threaten us, they hate on us and they make up at least one new theory, conspiracy theory, everyday.”
“Our future is being taken away from us and the least they can do for us is to allow us to protest against that.”
Thunberg first came to prominence when she protested outside the Swedish parliament in 2018. Carrying a ‘school strike for climate’ sign, the then 15-year-old said she was refusing to attend classes until Swedish politicians took action. The solo protest developed into a worldwide movement known as Fridays for Future or School Strike for Climate.
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