Protests during Copenhagen climate talks - updated


Tear gas fired at climate talks: On December 16, police fired tear gas as hundreds of protesters tried to break through a perimeter fence at the UN climate summit venue in Copenhagen. The Bella Centre, where the conference is taking place, has now been shut off as a result. Activists have been angered by a lack of progress on a new climate deal and also by restrictions on access to the talks.

Protests in Copenhagen: On December 11, police detained at least 40 people in the first street protests surrounding the Copenhagen climate talks. Around 200 people took part in rallies downtown where senior corporate members were meeting to discuss the role of businesses in the fight against global warming. Negotiators at the conference are trying to broker a global agreement to cut emissions of greenhouse gases and help poor countries cope with climate change. A Police spokesman said the detentions were preventative and there were no reports of violence.

Police raid climate campaigners' rooms: In the early hours of December 9, Danish police raided a climate campaigners' accommodation centre in Copenhagen, detaining 200 activists and seizing items which they claimed could be used for acts of civil disobedience. About 200 police arrived at the shelter on Ragnhild Street, in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen, at 2.30am. They locked activists into the building for two hours, and searched some of the nearby properties.