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Climate protests defy the police in Copenhagen

by Mark Bergfeld, in Copenhagen
Issue No. 2182

The demonstration ”Reclaim Power” in Copenhagen on Wednesday of this week attracted several thousand Danish and international protesters.

The demonstration aimed at establishing a People's Assembly within the conference area at the Bella Center, where the climate talks were being held.

80 percent of the NGOs had been excluded from the negotiation process from Tuesday morning. This fed into the anger that has been building up since the mass arrests on Saturday and throughout the week.

The people's assembly was held outside the Bella Center after protesters had been pepper sprayed and tear gassed by police. Delegates from inside the Bella Center who wished to participate in the People's Assembly were beaten by the police.

Despite the police heavy-handedness the People's Assembly drew together oppressed peoples from the Global South and workers from the North.

The last few days have seen the birth of new international environmental movement in the streets of Copenhagen. Protesters will now be travelling back to their respective countries to advance the struggle for climate justice.

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Thu 17 Dec 2009, 10:31 GMT
Issue No. 2182
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