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Cops Beat Back COP15 Climate Protesters

A last, some good news from ‘Environment’ section of the New York Times:


Police Beat Back Massed Climate Protesters

By JOHN M. BRODER and TOM ZELLER Jr.

December 16, 2009

COPENHAGEN — Police officers fired tear gas and wielded batons on Wednesday to beat back hundreds of demonstrators outside the global climate meeting here, as a police spokesman said 250 people had been arrested.

The police tried to disperse the chanting, drum-beating protesters who had marched from a train station about a mile away to try to make their way to the Bella Center, where representatives from nearly 200 countries are meeting to try to reach an accord on climate change. A group of 50 to 100 delegates emerged from the convention center, seeking to meet with the protesters, but they, too, were driven back by the police.

Even better!

In another development, the Danish chairwoman of the conference, Connie Hedegaard, said she was stepping down and that the Danish prime minister, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, would take her place as heads of state from around the world begin arriving in Copenhagen. Ms. Hedegaard, a conservative, was Denmark’s minister of climate and energy and her placement as chairwoman of the conference was seen as part of a shifting of global environmental issues from the fringe into the political mainstream.

If you can’t take the heat…

In Wednesday’s demonstrations, the largest so far of the conference, the protesters began massing north of the center shortly before noon and pressed into a tight line of riot police blocking access to the hall. Some of the officers wielded truncheons against the chanting, shoving protesters in a close-order scrum. News agencies reported that tear gas was fired at the crowd

Why are the police wasting expensive tear gas on these protesters? Why don’t they just blow on them?

After all, the protesters believe carbon dioxide is the most dangerous substance on the planet.

As the police vans advanced, skirmishes broke out with protesters who formed human chains and chanted their commitment to nonviolence and to helping people in parts of the world that they said would be hardest hit by climate change. A number of protesters encouraged individual groups to keep pushing against the police.

Police deployed a water cannon at the southeast corner of the center to push back the marchers if necessary. “I can only say,” said Per Larsen, chief coordinator for the Danish police, “that they will not be able to enter the Bella Center.” …

According to one organizer, Anne Petermann, the overarching message of Wednesday’s action is that the United Nations process for curbing climate change is a failure, and that there are “thousands of other solutions to climate change that aren’t being considered,” she said.

We agree!

Groups of delegates and members of nongovernmental organizations continued to stream on foot past subway stations that had been closed to prevent demonstrators from converging. They passed groups of detained protesters seated in neat rows, their hands tied with plastic police strips. Behind a department store, about a dozen detained protesters under police guard chanted anti-capitalist slogans

Negotiators debated until just before dawn without setting new goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions or for financing poorer countries’ efforts to cope with coming climate change, key elements of any deal, The Associated Press reported…

Much of the focus on Wednesday was expected to be on the financing arrangements of the deal, under which industrialized nations would transfer billions of dollars annually to poor nations to help them cope with a changing climate.

One of the proposals to be discussed Wednesday was put forward by Meles Zenawi, the prime minister of Ethiopia, who has been in talks with Mr. Brown, President Obama and other leaders. The amount and timing of payments was still under discussion.

Norway and Mexico have also offered a financing plan, which envisions annual payments to developing countries substantially higher than the $10 billion annual figure that Mr. Obama said the United States would support in the near term.

Developing countries have said that they will need $100 billion to $200 billion a year by 2020 to pay for low-carbon energy development and adaptation to global warming changes

Wait until the taxpayers in these ‘rich countries’ get the bill for paying off these third world dictators and their relatives at the UN.

Then you will see some real rioting.

At least, we hope so.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Cops Beat Back COP15 Climate Protesters”

  1. proreason says:

    “there are “thousands of other solutions to climate change that aren’t being considered,”

    proreason’s solution: wait

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    The picture looks like paraders at a San Fransicko gay pride posse round up!

  3. joeblough says:

    It’s still a little hard to figure out what the “protesters” are objecting to.

    It does cross my mind that they may not be objecting to anything in particular. It may be that when they hear certain key words like “climate” or “CO2” that they are just overcome with destructive passions and simply rush out to bust things up for the joy of it.

    After all, most of them are probably not engaged in anything like a normal thought process. These are perceptual/emotional creatures, much like the lower primates, but nastier.

    Weird.

    I hope the cops get to break some heads.

  4. Helena says:

    “Wait until the taxpayers in these ‘rich countries’ get the bill for paying off these third world dictators and their relatives at the UN.”

    That really is it, isn’t it? These UN flunkies must mostly be relatives of the reigning family in their “developing” countries. How else would they get such a glamorous job and a rent subsidized apartment on the upper east side of New York? Though of course, it must be hard to leave the local paradise. Imagine what they’re missing at home, the festivals, the medical care, quaint customs, the dysentery…

  5. BigOil says:

    It’s Mardi Gras in Copenhagen.

  6. canary says:

    It’s the drag chapter of the new Warmer Panthers.


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