Climate activist Greta Thunberg has been called out by German railway Deutsche Bahn after tweeting a photo of herself sitting on the floor of a train surrounded by lots of bags.
The 16-year-old Swedish activist drew sympathy online after posting the image with the comment that she was traveling through the country on “overcrowded trains” on her way home from the UN climate change conference in Madrid.
In the picture on Twitter, Greta is sitting on the floor at the end of a carriage with her back leaning against a suitcase, staring out of a window.
There’s an empty food box next to her and more suitcases and backpacks piled up by her side.
Traveling on overcrowded trains through Germany. And I’m finally on my way home! pic.twitter.com/ssfLCPsR8o
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) December 14, 2019
Except she was traveling in first class and well looked after.
Greta’s publicity stunt has echoes of the controversy sparked by Jeremy Corbyn back in 2016, after he was filmed sitting on the floor of what he called a “ram-packed” service.
Virgin Trains subsequently disputed the footage and released CCTV, which showed Corbyn passing empty seats as he boarded the train and later sat down.
This stunt comes after Greta apologized for saying politicians should be put “against the wall”.
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