Climate activists held in Denmark

Police detain more than 100 people for trying to break into Copenhagen conference.

    Police detained scores of activists for attempting to break into the climate change summit [AFP]

    "We will get past the police cordon so that we can hold a popular assembly and discuss with delegates from the summit ... to get a climate solution," Peter Nielsen, the group's spokesman, said on Danish TV2 news.

    "The police have tried to get in our way all week now. This is a question of resolving a global problem, and we will not hold people back," he said.

    in depth

    Johnny Lundberg, a police spokesman, told the AP news agency that activists were arrested on Wednesday for attempting to pass through the security perimeter set up around the suburban conference centre.

    There were no reports of injuries.

    Security in the Danish capital has been beefed up to try and stop activists from accessing the Bella Centre, where representatives from 193 countries are negotiating a new global warming deal.

    World leaders have begun arriving at the 12-day talks as they enter their final stretch.

    Barack Obama, the US president, and Wen Jiabao, the Chinese prime minister, are expected to arrive in the last few days of talks.

    Connie Hedegaard, the Danish president of the summit, has stepped down from her role as talks come to a head, with Lars Lokke Rasmussen, the country's prime minister, taking her place.

    "With so many heads of state and government having arrived it's appropriate that the Prime Minister of Denmark presides," she told Wednesday's meeting.

    Hedegaard, who will continue to participate in negotiations, said the move was procedural.

     

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    When somebody dies lonely and alone, Miyu Kojima steps in to clean their home and organise the mementos of their life.

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    The rise of the Orthodox Church in Russia appears unstoppable, write filmmakers Glen Ellis and Viktoryia Kolchyna who went to investigate the close ties between the church and Putin.

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    Much of India's media spurns a scoop about the son of PM Modi's right-hand man. Plus, NFL as platform for race politics.