Greta Thunberg has been charged with a public order offence after a protest outside a central London hotel, the Metropolitan Police said.
The 20-year-old was one of 26 people charged following Tuesday’s rally outside the InterContinental Hotel in Park Lane which was hosting a major meeting of oil executives.
Scotland Yard said protesters were asked to move from the road onto the pavement to avoid breaching the conditions.
Thunberg – whose address was given by police as ‘Dorset’ – was charged with failing to comply with a condition on public assemblies.
The Swedish activist could be seen smiling as she was detained by officers and led to a waiting police van after joining a protest outside the Energy Intelligence Forum (EIF) – formerly the Oil and Money conference.
In footage shared on social media, officers could be seen frogmarching the campaigner to the van as other protesters were told to stand back.
She had earlier spoken outside the hotel as part of a protest organised by Fossil Free London against the EIF event, urging eco-activists to ‘reclaim the power’ and hitting out at ‘spineless’ politicians for failing to act on global warming.
Thunberg was charged with failing to comply with a condition on public assemblies
Greta Thunberg, wearing a large badge reading ‘Oily Money Out’, is led away from the Intercontinental Hotel Park Lane by two Met Police officers
The 20-year-old Swedish activist was led to a police van as activists watched on
Other protesters were told to stand back while Ms Thunberg smiled from the back of the police van
Ms Thunberg was crowded by officers as she was detained and led to the van
Thunberg has been charged with failing to comply with a condition imposed under Section 14 of the Public Order Act.
Officers said they asked the protesters to move from the road onto the pavement which would have allowed them to continue protesting legally.
They said they had imposed conditions to ‘prevent disruption to the public’.
She was bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on November 15.
A Met Police spokesman said: ‘We have charged 26 people after a protest outside a hotel in central London.
‘Officers responded to the protest on the morning of Tuesday October 17 and imposed conditions to prevent disruption to the public.
‘The protestors were asked to move from the road onto the pavement, which would enable them to continue with their demonstration without breaching the conditions.’
Thunberg spoke at the Fossil Free London protest outside the Energy Intelligence Forum conference in central London
Activists from Greenpeace rappelled down the side of the hotel later and unfurled a banner reading: ‘Make Big Oil Pay’
Thunberg (centre) stands among protesters from Fossil Free London
Fossil Free London activists banged drums and chanted ‘oily, oily money, out, out, out’ as they blocked the hotel entrance; members of Greenpeace later dramatically rappelled down the side of the building to unfurl a banner reading: ‘Make big oil pay.’
Speakers at the conference include COP28 President-delegate Dr Sultan Ahmed Al-Jaber, net zero minister Graham Stuart, former climate change minister Charles Hendry and senior figures from energy firms BP, Shell, Repsol and ExxonMobil.
Its agenda includes a discussion on whether the COP climate change gathering is ‘still relevant’.
Thunberg became the face of young climate activists worldwide after staging weekly protests in front of the Swedish parliament in 2018.