Greta Thunberg apologises for telling rally 'we'll make sure we put world leaders against the wall'

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Greta Thunberg has apologised for declaring 'we will make sure we put world leaders against the wall' at a climate rally in Italy.

The 16-year-old Swede had been addressing a furious protest in Turin on Friday when she warned that world leaders would not be allowed to 'run away.'

Critics - Violence - Ms - Thunberg - Apology

After critics said she was advocating violence, Ms Thunberg tweeted an apology to her 3.6million followers, claiming her words had been lost in translation.

'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.' Ms Thunberg wrote.

Course - Anyone - Misunderstood - Fact - School

'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.'

She had arrived in Turin from Madrid where she was attending the UN climate summit but said she feared the event would not lead to change.

Outcome - World - Leaders - Responsibilities

She said: 'Unfortunately, we probably already know the outcome. World leaders are still trying to run away from their responsibilities but we have to make sure they cannot do that.

'We will make sure that we put them against the wall and they will have to do their job to protect our futures.'

Controversy - Ms - Thunberg - Time - 'Person

The controversy comes as Ms Thunberg, who has been named Time's 'Person of the Year' revealed she would be taking a Christmas break.

'I will be home for Christmas and then I will take a holiday break because you need to take rest,' she told reporters in Italy.

Ms - Thunberg - Crowd - Name

Ms Thunberg was cheered by the crowd who chanted her name as she arrived...
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