Copenhagen: Hundreds Arrested in Protest; Police Brutality; Pressure Builds Inside the Conference

These are shocking images of police brutality from outside the Bella Center where the UN climate talks seem to be fracturing just hours before over 100 heads of state are scheduled to arrive to debate a climate deal. It’s all the more striking to see the faces of some of our friends and co-workers in this video from CNN (it can’t embed, but please do watch, it is striking footage) — please send your thoughts and prayers to those who are bravely taking part in today’s demonstrations.

I’m writing from inside the negotiations¬† where the mood is getting tenser by the hour. The formal sessions have been delayed at the moment as diplomats supposedly work behind the scenes to move the process forward. In rooms around the building, many developing country delegations are meeting to discuss their endgame strategy and hold strong while the pressure from rich countries continues to mount (see this previous post on Obama’s call to Ethiopia which may have resulted in its weak statements supposedly on behalf of Africa — echoed today in the formal negotiations). Speeches by more heads of state — including presidents from island nations and other vulnerable countries — are scheduled to begin again in a few hours.

More images below the fold.

from CNN:

from AP:

It’s hard to contrast these pictures with the usual image of bureaucracy here inside the talks: all suits and policy papers as far as the eye can see. But under the surface, the emotions are the same. Don’t let the long-winded, even toned addresses fool you: there’s a fight going on for the survival of millions of people and many nations around the world.

6 Responses to “Copenhagen: Hundreds Arrested in Protest; Police Brutality; Pressure Builds Inside the Conference”


  1. 1 Oemissions Dec 16th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Hi everyone!
    Here in BC today, I am taking a ferry to protest at our Conservative MP’s office
    My sign says: SOIL not OIL!!
    Need to recognize good ag practices and support small farmers.
    Keep up your good wok!
    Seniors and Youth in Solidarity to save this planet!.

  2. 2 Morgan Dec 16th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Keep the updates coming – these are really helpful.

  3. 3 Richard Whiteford Dec 16th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    It is time for young people to get millitant. The old folks who control industry and governments only care about the money they can make. To Hell with younger generations and their ability to survive as long as the old heads get their money. They will be in their graves when the young generations strugle to survive. The only way for young generations to get moral justice is to take control through whatever measures are necessary to assure a survivabal future. If it requires disobedience – so be it – it appears to be the only way to guarantee our future.

  4. 4 Thomas Nielsen Dec 17th, 2009 at 9:22 am

    To Richard Whiteford

    Humans are animals.
    Animals adapt to their enviroments to survive.
    When the enviroment is controlled by money, the human must adapt to survive. Those who do not, will die.
    This is called survival of the fittest. A concept that has been proven effective for millions of years.

    It must suck to be you, Richard.

  5. 5 anton alfred newcombe Dec 21st, 2009 at 9:26 am
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Jamie is the co-coordinator of 350.org, an international global warming campaign. A recent college graduate, he lives in San Francisco, CA. In 2007, he co-organized Step It Up, a campaign that pulled together over 2,000 climate rallies across the United States to push for strong climate action at the federal level. He's also an early member of the youth climate movement, leading one of Energy Action's first campaigns in 2005: Road to Detroit, a nationwide veggie-oil bus tour to promote sustainable transportation. He's traveled to Montreal and Bali to lobby the UN with youth, but he's a strong believer that change happens in the streets not in meetings. Jamie received the Morris K. Udall award in 2007 and has been recognized by the mighty state of Vermont for his work on climate change. You can also find him blogging at Campus Progress' "Pushback," Changents.com, and 350.org.

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