Video shows Greta Thunberg assaulted at Glasgow station ahead of COP26 climate summit


Greta Thunberg seen at Glasgow Central Station in Glasgow, Scotland on October 30, 2021. REUTERS / Yves Herman

  • World leaders travel to Glasgow, Scotland for the COP26 climate summit.

  • Greta Thunberg was not invited to the event, but arrived in Glasgow by train on Saturday evening.

  • Thunberg was assaulted on arrival and escorted out of the station by police.

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has been mobbed by fans and spectators after arriving in Glasgow, Scotland for the COP26 summit.

Thunberg arrived at Glasgow Central Station from London late Saturday evening and was escorted by police out of the station.

In the video of her arrival, published by Reuters, dozens of people, including journalists and photographers, are seen jostling to get closer to her.

Several people who met the 18-year-old Swede in Glasgow Central tied their arms together to form a shield to protect her from the crowds.

In the video, one can also be heard shouting “give him some room” and “this is not good”.

Thunberg shared a photo of his arrival at Glasgow Central on Instagram late Saturday, captioned: “Finally in Glasgow for # COP26! And thank you for the very warm welcome.”

In an apparent nod to the drama surrounding her arrival, she added the “Grinning Face With Sweat” emoji.

The COP, also known as the Conference of the Parties, is a United Nations initiative featuring a wide range of world leaders that has met 26 times since 1995.

Among the world leaders present in 2021 are US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Speaking to the BBC on Saturday, Thunberg said she had not been officially invited to COP26.

She added that there was a glaring shortage of young people and representatives of less economically developed countries at COP26.

Thunberg said major countries need to do more to tackle climate change and called the UK “climate bad guys” earlier this month.

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