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Copenhagen Protests Call for Emission Cuts

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Posted on Dec 12, 2009
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Demonstrators on Friday march peacefully through downtown Copenhagen. On Saturday, at least 600 were arrested when violence broke out in protests throughout the city. 

The Copenhagen climate conference brought not only heads of states to discuss the environment but tens of thousands of demonstrators demanding action by the leaders to cut emissions.

Later, police arrested 600 to 700 protesters at demonstrations throughout the city. The New York Times reported that the violence “was a stark counterpoint to the otherwise peaceful march, in which a rolling sea of flags and banners undulated across the city.” Speakers at the protests raised a myriad of issues, including objections to nuclear power and genetically modified food. —JCL

The New York Times:

The police and organizers estimated that 60,000 to 100,000 participants joined a long march from Christiansborg Slotsplads, or Castle Square, southward to the Bella Center, the sprawling and heavily fortified convention center where delegates and observers from nearly 200 nations are gathered to seek a consensus.

The main demonstration — which brought together a broad coalition of hundreds of environmental groups, human rights campaigners, climate activists, anti-capitalists and freelance protesters from dozens of countries — was mostly peaceful.

[...] Most bore slogans related to global warming or urging world leaders to resolve the vast differences that still make an international accord seem elusive as talks here move into the second and final week.

“Bla, Bla, Bla,” read one popular sign. “Act Now!”

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By mark penn, December 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm Link to this comment
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How much can you really get done in 24 hours?? Start by making a difference at home: tictacdo - But tell me,  are these world leaders so busy that they can’t give easily one of the most PRESSING issues in the world today a little bit more time??  It’s no wonder that nothing REAL came out of this.

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By Glen Wayne, December 13, 2009 at 1:12 pm Link to this comment

Twelve Christmas Days in Copenhagen

On the first day of Christmas
our leaders gave to us
an ostrich in a desert tree

on the second day of Christmas
our leaders gave to us
two predator drones
and an ostrich in a desert tree

On the third day of Christmas
our leaders gave to us
three Cheney hawks
two predator drones
and an ostrich in a desert tree

On the fourth day of Christmas
our leaders gave to us
four tea baggers calling
three Cheney hawks
two predator drones
and an ostrich in a desert tree

On the fifth day of Christmas
our leaders gave to us
five more Goldman sacs
four tea baggers a calling
three Cheney hawks
two predator drones
and an ostrich in a desert tree

On the sixth day of Christmas
our leaders gave to us
six donkeys braying
five more Goldman sacs
four tea baggers calling
three Cheney hawks
two predator drones
and an ostrich in a desert tree

On the seventh day of Christmas
our leaders gave to us
seven islands a-swimming
six donkeys braying
five more Goldman sacs
four tea baggers calling
three Cheney hawks
two predator drones
and an ostrich in a desert tree

On the eighth day of Christmas
our leaders gave to us
Eight white Coulters a-milking
seven islands a-swimming
six donkeys braying
five more Goldman sacs
four tea baggers calling
three Cheney hawks
two predator drones
and an ostrich in a desert tree

On the ninth day of Christmas
our true leaders gave to us
nine rogue ladies campaigning
Eight white Coulters a-milking
seven islands a-swimming
six donkeys braying
five Goldman sacs
four tea baggers calling
three Cheney hawks
two predator drones
and an ostrich in a desert tree

On the tenth day of Christmas
our true leaders gave to us
Ten Mullahs a-leaping
nine rogue ladies campaigning
Eight white Coulters a-milking
seven islands a-swimming
six donkeys braying
five Goldman sacs
four tea baggers calling
three Cheney hawks
two predator drones
and an ostrich in a desert tree

On the eleventh day of Christmas
our true leaders gave to us
eleven pipe lines a piping
Ten Mullahs a-leaping
nine rogue ladies campaigning
Eight white Coulters a-milking
seven islands a-swimming
six donkeys braying
five Goldman sacs
four tea baggers calling
three Cheney hawks
two predator drones
and an ostrich in a desert tree

On the twelfth day of Christmas
our true leaders gave to us
twelve peace warriors drumming
eleven pipe lines a piping
Ten Mullahs a-leaping
nine rogue ladies campaigning
Eight white Coulters a-milking
seven islands a-swimming
six donkeys braying
five Goldman sacs
four tea baggers calling
three Cheney hawks
two predator drones
and an ostrich in a desert tree

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By G.Anderson, December 13, 2009 at 10:31 am Link to this comment

Take a good look at the future, all those young people in Copenhagen are the furure of this world.

Since our government has decided to allow it’s corporations to turn 99% of the population into debt slaves, we will continue to live in the middle ages.

The struggle against the corporate right and the 1 percenters, has become a way of life here. And as long as they control our government, we will never make progess, either socially, politically or economically.

Under these curcumstances our future will continue to resemble the past of other countries. 

The corporation’s dream of creating a country full of obediant workers, who without freedom, live instead for their daily reinforcement of people chow, porn, gossip, and some sort of intoxication is coming true.

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By Ouroborus, December 13, 2009 at 8:51 am Link to this comment

I am so glad to see the third world/emerging southern
hemisphere countries, calling bullshit on the 3 most
prosperous economies.
When you have nothing to lose; then with boldness, you
have everything to gain.
The few cannot hope to rule the many when the few have
nothing to lose.
Interesting times await us, no?

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By Anarcissie, December 13, 2009 at 7:31 am Link to this comment

They were too stupid to understand the wonderfulness of the state until now, and then suddenly got smart?  Doesn’t seem very likely.  No, I think the presence of anarchists at a pro-government demonstration is sort of odd and requires some explanation.

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By LostHills, December 12, 2009 at 10:29 pm Link to this comment

Perhaps it’s because they’re not stupid…..

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By Anarcissie, December 12, 2009 at 9:06 pm Link to this comment

I found it curious to read read reports of anarchists calling for more government action.  What’s up with that?  Anybody know?

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By LostHills, December 12, 2009 at 7:18 pm Link to this comment

The protesters were the only ones there that had their heads screwed on straight.

If you’re not protesting, you’re part of the problem.

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