Hundreds more arrested during Copenhagen climate change summit protests

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 16, 2009 5:23 am

Over the last week, protestors from Climate Justice Action have gathered with full strength to protest the lack of democracy involved with the Copenhagen climate change summit. While these people feel strongly about saving the earth–and consequently our ski and snowboard culture–they’re upset that the talks involve only world leaders. They would like the summit to be transformed into a “People’s Assembly”. This morning, police in Copenhagen arrested 250 people, bringing the total tally of arrests to over a thousand.

Kristina Larsen, spokeswoman for Climate Justice Action, says the police have used dogs and pepper spray to quell the protests. They also say that protesters are engaging in “peaceful, nonviolent protest” while the police are acting “out of control.”

This is the final week of the summit, and the rest of the world leaders are beginning to arrive. President Obama is set to arrive Friday.

Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, said recently: “There is still an enormous amount of work and ground to be covered if this conference is to deliver what people around the world expect it to deliver.”