Climate change protestors vowing 'people's assembly' beaten back with batons, tear gas in Copenhagen

Jeremy Hance
December 16, 2009

Some 1,500 protestors attempting to enter the Bella Center in Copenhagen, where officials are trying to put together an international deal to combat climate change, were beaten back by police with batons and tear gas.

Vowing to stage a 'people's assembly' inside the Bella Center in a march dubbed 'Reclaim Power', protestors never made it inside. The Bella Center is in lockdown with no one allowed to enter or exit the building. Approximately 230 protestors

"We hope to make people understand that there is great urgency here that the leaders do what they must, but that if they don't people will continue to struggle to change the system. Many of us have come to the conclusion that nothing will come from these talks. But the struggle will not stop here," Lidy Nacpil a protestor with Jubilee South told the Guardian

"This summit is just letting Africa die," protestor Alexander Lassithiotakis also told the Guardian expressing a view of many activists that the conference has sidelined nations most vulnerable to climate change in favor of the wealthy and powerful.

Activists earlier this week criticized police tactics saying that protestors were held for hours, handcuffed outside in freezing conditions, without access to toilets, food, water, or medical facilities.

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