REPORT: Greta Thunberg apologizes for comment about world leaders
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MADRID (AP) — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has apologized for saying politicians should be put “against the wall” after critics took it to mean that she was advocating violence.
The 16-year-old Swede made the comment in a speech to young activists in the Italian city of Turin on Friday.
The article goes on to state the following:
Thunberg later said she was making a literal translation from Swedish, in which the expression means to put someone on the spot with tough questions.
Thunberg said world leaders weren’t being held responsible in fighting climate change.
“We have to make sure that they cannot do that,” she said. “We will make sure they, that we put them against the wall, and that they will have to do their job and to protect our futures.”
On Twitter, Thunberg made her excuses. “Yesterday I said we must hold our leaders accountable and unfortunately said “put them against the wall”. That’s Swenglish: “att ställa någon mot väggen” (to put someone against the wall) means to hold someone accountable. That’s what happens when you improvise speeches in a second language. But of course I apologise if anyone misunderstood this. I can not enough express the fact that I – as well as the entire school strike movement- are against any possible form of violence. It goes without saying but I say it anyway.”
… improvise speeches in a second language.
But of course I apologise if anyone misunderstood this. I can not enough express the fact that I – as well as the entire school strike movement- are against any possible form of violence. It goes without saying but I say it anyway.
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) December 14, 2019
Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg apologizes for saying politicians should be put “against the wall.” The expression in Swedish describes a situation when someone is forced to address difficult questions. https://t.co/4e5mw8VvZ8
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 14, 2019
“That’s what happens when you improvise speeches in a second language. But of course I apologise if anyone misunderstood this,” Thunberg wrote. https://t.co/LsmZeSIZX4
— KSNV News 3 (@News3LV) December 14, 2019
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