As the media spotlight shines on Greta Thunberg, a photo showing the 16-year-old climate change activist decked out in an “antifascist” T-shirt has resurfaced.
The photo first received attention when Thunberg posted it to Twitter in late July. The day after sharing the photo, the Swedish teen responded to backlash from commenters linking support of antifascist movements to violence.
these shirts must be everywhere you guys keep 'borrowing' pic.twitter.com/DEAv9k4JYn
— RED OCTOBER (@MAGAChronicle) September 19, 2019
“Yesterday I posted a photo wearing a borrowed T-shirt that says I’m against fascism. That T-shirt can apparently to some be linked to a violent movement,” she tweeted.
Thunberg continued by revealing she’d removed the photo showing her wearing the shirt, with the slogan “Antifascist All-Stars.”
“I don’t support any form of violence and to avoid misunderstandings I’ve deleted the post. And of course I am against fascism,” she said.
Thunberg addressed the controversy in a July interview with CBS News, reiterating that she rejects violence.
“You can rebel in different ways. Civil disobedience is rebelling. As long as it’s peaceful, of course,” she told the outlet.
Commenters wonder if Greta Thunberg supports antifa
In the wake of Thunberg’s headline-making address to world leaders at a United Nations summit on Monday, the photo began making the rounds again. As did images showing her parents wearing the T-shirts.
Congress brought 16 year old Swedish girl Greta Thunberg before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Yesterday
She's been pictured wearing pro-ANTIFA clothing & raising money for ANTIFA causes in Europe
This is the Democrats' star witness—a supporter of domestic terrorism?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 20, 2019
Many right-leaning social media commenters criticized Thunberg, accusing her of supporting antifa, the militant anti-fascist movement that, in the United States, has at times turned to violence in furtherance of its goals.
WHY EXPLOIT CHILDREN?
Greta Thunberg said the world is coming to an extinction. Why is she not at school? Why do her parents have her in a Antifa Shirt ?
Libs say we shouldn’t speak about her but they bashed the innocent covington kids.
Funny & Sad! pic.twitter.com/YRDM8SouDx
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) September 23, 2019
Antifascist movements in Sweden
A 2014 Vice News video report on militant socialists and antifascist groups in Sweden showed far-left protesters attacking members of a far-right group.
The Vice News report also showed members of Sweden’s far-left Revolutionary Front smashing the home of a suspected fascist. The Revolutionary Front dissolved in Sept. 2015.
In 2011, the Stockholm faction of global antifascist collective Antifascist Action, admitted that its members had violently attacked a far-right newspaper editor.