100,000 Protest at Cop15, Police Make Mass Arrests

1dsc04148-thumbSaturday 12th began with the NOAH Flood for Climate Justice Demonstration which started at 10am and marched, danced and waved to Højbro Plads [photo report]. The 12dec Demo started at Christiansborg Slotsplads / Parliament Square [google route map], including a CJA group, and it was soon clear that it was massive, with estimates quickly reaching 100,000 protestors. This was also part of a Global Day of Action on climate change.  People were also meeting at Hojbro Plads in the same area for another action in the city.

Updates: Copenhagen police accused of violating human rights | Energy in the Streets; Disappointment in the Negotiations

Police Make Indiscriminate Mass Arrests

At around 3.15pm the police charged into the march near to where the CJA System Change not Climate Change group had joined the march, as well as people from the Ntac called demonstration. They cut off hundreds of people including many who were marching as part of Libertarian Socialist bloc [Pics 1 > 2 > 3 | report | video]. By 5pm several hundred had been handcuffed and made to sit on the floor, where they remain in the cold for hours. The police's press office reports that those arrested today are between 700-900 people - See AerialTwitpic.

For updates see Indymedia Timeline | icop15 aggregation | cop15live video

More timelines: Modkraft.dk [dk|en] | Motkraft. net [sv|en] | La Haine [es] | nocop Italy imc

See: Don't Buy the Lie Feature report from 10th Dec | Previous Features


Pictures from the demonstration

Here are a few more pictures from the Demo:


Just Pics from the Demonstration - not from the arrestations!

Prison radio report - 9 hour detention for Japanese man

Prison radio report - 9 hour detention for Japanese man from SOCIAL AND CLIMATE JUSTICE CARAVAN for nothing

- Prison radio report - 9 hour detention for Japanese man for nothing (imc-radio | imc-dk)

- radio file - Prison radio report - 9 hour detention for Japanese man for nothing (MP3 format 19 minutes, copyleft, please spread)

In yesterdays 100,000+ people demo on the streets of copenhagen in CHANGE THE SYSTEM, NOT THE CLIMATE, the Danish Police swooped in and arrested a large number of people for nothing. We talk to a Japenese man who has traveled here with the SOCIAL AND CLIMATE JUSTICE CARAVAN, who was arrested with this group. He was contained on the streets for an hour when he was in the area near the black block. He was taken with 300 or 400 other people to cages in a massive warehouse where people were held for 9 hours. It is important to point out that there had not been any signs of trouble from this group and the police swooped for no reason in what can only be described as a "pre-emptive strike" to take people out of the demo. They have the authority to do this after recent changes in law under "prevention of terrorism" acts. (MP3 format 19 minutes, copyleft, please spread)

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100,000 Protest at COP15, Police Make Mass Arrests

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BBC claims 900 detained

[BBC coverage w/video: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8409331.stm ]


Climate protest police 'hold 900'

Police in the Danish capital Copenhagen say 900 protesters have been detained following a huge climate change rally.

The move came after youths threw bricks and smashed windows as more than 30,000 demonstrators marched to demand action at the UN climate change summit.

Similar marches have been held in cities around the world, calling for decisive action on global warming.

Meanwhile, ministers have started arriving to join other delegates at the UN summit which runs for another week.

Documents prepared by the conference's leaders call on developed nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions by between 25% and 45% of 1990 levels by 2020.


Matt McGrath, BBC News, Copenhagen

The colourful parade, with some people dressed in polar bear suits, departed Parliament Square amid tight security.

According to reports, police moved in when masked youths threw bricks and smashed windows in the centre of the city.

Denmark's parliament recently passed controversial laws giving police powers of pre-emptive arrest of anyone they believe is likely to break the law.

According to a source close to the Danish government, those people who were "pre-emptively detained" will be held for up to four hours. Those arrested will be brought before a judge within 24 hours.

EU leaders are offering developing countries a three-year deal that would pay them 7.2bn euros (£6.5bn; $10.6bn) to help cope with climate change.

The exact target for limiting temperature rise is unclear amid disputes between various blocs.

Danish police estimate that some 30,000 people joined the march while organisers put the number at 100,000.

They marched 6km (four miles) across the city to the conference centre where negotiators and ministers are meeting.

After violence erupted, large numbers of mainly young people were detained.

TV pictures showed the police putting the demonstrators in seated lines on the street with their hands tied behind their backs. They were later removed on buses.

Henrek Suhr, of Copenhagen police, told the BBC that their intelligence had suggested a small group of people had planned violence.

"We thought... these people would make a lot of trouble in Copenhagen had we not arrested them, and we arrested them because they had done a lot of things before our arrests. They smashed some windows at the foreign ministry," he said.

He rejected claims by climate protesters that some of those being held had been mistreated and denied access to basic needs.

Simon Sheikh, of the Australian social and political network "Get Up", said he had witnessed the detentions from his apartment in the centre of the city.


"The police rounded up protesters in a pre-planned manoeuvre," he told the BBC.

"It was unprovoked. They rounded up a group, including women and children, and pushed them into a store, before splitting them into groups and handcuffing them."

Activists are arguing for an ambitious, legally binding agreement on emissions cuts to be signed by world leaders at the summit's conclusion at the end of next week.

"This is the right time to shout out and let leaders know this is serious business for us all. Lets hope they listen," Lin Che, a 28-year-old student from Taiwan, told Reuters news agency.

A number of famous figures said they would join the protest, among them Bollywood actor Rahul Bose, model and photographer Helena Christensen and former UN human rights commissioner Mary Robinson.


In Australia, where events were held as part of the country's fifth Walk Against Warming, the largest protest was held in Melbourne.

The march closed with protesters spelling out the message "Safe Climate - Do It!" on the ground.

Organisers said aerial photographs had been taken and would be sent to delegates at the talks in Copenhagen.

In Adelaide, activist James Dannenberg told state radio: "We want [world leaders] to bring home a treaty, we want them to stand by the Pacific and our neighbours there.

"And we want them to deliver and ensure a safe climate future for us all."

Thousands of demonstrators also gathered in front of Australia's parliament house in the capital, Canberra.


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Published: 2009/12/12 22:27:02 GMT