India: Police seek arrests over farmer protests ‘toolkit’
21 February 2021 | 4:33 pm
Two activists face prison in a case involving a "toolkit" tweeted by Greta Thunberg. This comes after police arrested 22-year-old environmentalist Disha Ravi over the document supporting India's farmer protests.
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