Less than a kilometre away from a large climate action protest outside Sweden’s parliament, protesters from the countryside staged their own rally demanding politicians lower taxes on petrol and diesel.
“I live up north and I have to a car to get to work. It’s 20 km to the nearest shop. I need a car to live,” protester Thomas Fahlin tells Radio Sweden.
Friday’s protest was organised by a grassroots movement, calling itself Bensinupproret or the Petrol Revolt, which has over half a million members on Facebook.
Radio Sweden speaks to protesters who voice their concerns and explain why people in the big cities don’t understand their predicament.
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