Public figures within and beyond India are demanding the release of Disha Ravi, a climate campaigner accused of sedition for allegedly editing and distributing an activist \u0022toolkit\u0022 in support of the ongoing farmers\u0026#039; protest that was tweeted by Fridays for Future founder Greta Thunberg.A petition calling for Ravi\u0026#039;s release has over 12,100 signatures. Activists, actors, politicians, and others have condemned her weekend arrest, which followed months of farmer-led demonstrations against agricultural reforms and other policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi\u0026#039;s right-wing Hindu nationalist government.More than 50 academics, activists, and artists have released a joint statement denouncing Ravi\u0026#039;s arrest as \u0022disturbing,\u0022 \u0022illegal in nature,\u0022 and an \u0022over-reaction of the state,\u0022 according to The Tribune, an English-language daily in North India.#ToolkitsAreNotSedition #FreeDishaRaviPreparing toolkits that make it easier for people of other countries to understand issues, support movements, is what activists all over the world do. Seeking global solidarity for farmers is not sedition. https://t.co/Bw7d0OoXJC— Kavita Krishnan (@kavita_krishnan) February 14, 2021Arresting the activist, in her early 20s, \u0022is an unprecedented attack on democracy,\u0022 tweeted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. \u0022Supporting our farmers is not a crime.\u0022Indian MP P. Chidambaram, also responded on Twitter, declaring that \u0022the Indian state must be standing on very shaky foundations if Disha Ravi, a... student of Mount Carmel college and a climate activist, has become a threat to the nation.\u0022\u0022India is becoming the theatre of the absurd and it is sad that the Delhi Police has become a tool of the oppressors,\u0022 he added. \u0022I strongly condemn the arrest of Disha Ravi and urge all students and youth to raise their voices to protest against the authoritarian regime.\u0022The incident also caught the attention of American lawyer Meena Harris—the vice president\u0026#039;s niece—who shared a Twitter thread from poet Rupi Kaur:Indian officials have arrested another young female activist, 21 yo Disha Ravi, because she posted a social media toolkit on how to support the farmers\u0026#039; protest. Read this thread about the sequence of events and ask why activists are being targeted and silenced by the government. https://t.co/ycUgDEqwdF— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) February 14, 2021Delhi Police said in a series of tweets Sunday that Ravi—who co-founded a branch of the youth-led climate movement Fridays for Future in Bangalore—is a \u0022key conspirator\u0022 in the \u0022formulation\u0022 and \u0022dissemination\u0022 of the toolkit. They also accused her of starting a related group on the messaging service WhatsApp.The Guardian reports that Ravi \u0022has now been charged with sedition and criminal conspiracy.\u0022 According to the newspaper:At a court on Sunday Ravi broke down in tears and said she had only edited two lines of the toolkit file. Police alleged in their statement they had technical evidence that Ravi\u0026#039;s role in editing the toolkit was \u0022many times more than the two lines editing that she claims.\u0022 The court remanded Ravi to five days in police custody after police requested time to \u0022unearth her connections with the Sikhs for Justice.\u0022Previously, Delhi Police said the toolkit, a version of which is available on an encrypted site, \u0022predates and indicates a copycat execution of a conspiracy behind\u0022 protests that turned violent on January 26. The police added that \u0022the call was to wage economic, social, cultural, and regional war against India.\u0022The available toolkit, which does not advocate violence, suggests actions such as supporting Indian farmers on social media using the hashtags #FarmersProtest and #StandWithFarmers, calling and emailing government representatives, and organizing or participating in on-the-ground protests.\u0022Disha is a dedicated climate activist,\u0022 a volunteer at the India chapter of Fridays for Future who declined to be named due to safety concerns told CNN. \u0022It was difficult to wrap my head yesterday when I came to know about [her arrest], I was shocked.\u0022\u0022This leads to a lot of caution,\u0022 the volunteer added. \u0022We are asking for livable future... It is our right.\u0022We know #climatechange is an existential threat. World desperately needs the passion and commitment of the youth and their loud and strong voice to shake it to more action #FreeDishaRavi— Sunita Narain (@sunitanar) February 15, 2021Leo Saldanha, a member of the Environment Support Group in Bengaluru, which organized the petition, told Reuters that Ravi\u0026#039;s arrest is aimed at quashing dissent.\u0022This is their way of trying to scare away youngsters from raising their voice about anything,\u0022 Saldanha said of the Indian government. \u0022This sends a message to all young people out there that, you know, shut up and stay at home or this is what is going to happen to you.\u0022Supporters of Ravi—including Indian actors Siddharth and Swara Bhasker—have turned to social media to call for her release using the hashtags #DishaRavi, #FreeDishaRavi, and #ReleaseDishaRavi.