100,000 march for System Change not climate change in Copenhagen with mass arrests


100,000 protest climate in Copenhagen
100,000 protest climate in Copenhagen

Global UN Climate negotiations (COP15) are proceeding in Copenhagen with over 100 heads of state expected to attend in the next week. With 2009 the 5th hottest year on record, Scientists are saying a Climate Treaty is more urgent with Global carbon emissions still increasing and acidification threatening marine biodiversity.

There are major differences between the industrialised nations, the large developing nations of India and China, and the poorest and most vulnerable countries as typified by Tuvalu which proposed to fortify the Kyoto agreement, and Bolivia. Summary of Negotiations by Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne (video)

In Copenhagen 100,000 people marched, however after 3pm police charged into the march and made arbitrary mass arrests estimated to be about 1,000. Further protests are occurring the next week inside the conference center and on the streets, check Denmark Indymedia for details and reports.

Many thousands of people attended a global weekend of vigils organised by 350.org and other protests with Walk Against Warming In Australia attracting 90,000 people, with 40,000 attending a Melbourne rally. (Video)

Aggregation and Video: icop15 aggregation | cop15live video
Radio: Climate Radio | Radio Mundo | Radio Indymedia - Urban War in Copenhagen?, 9 hour detention for Japanese man for nothing
Background on Tuvalu: Climate Adaption Issues | Speech at Melbourne Climate Rally

In Copenhagen Saturday 12th began with the NOAH Flood for Climate Justice Demonstration which started at 10am and marched, danced and waved to Højbro Plads [photo report]. The 12dec Demo started at Christiansborg Slotsplads / Parliament Square [google route map], including a CJA group, and it was soon clear that it was massive, with estimates quickly reaching 100,000 protesters. This was also part of a Global Day of Action on climate change.  People were also meeting at Hojbro Plads in the same area for another action in the city.

Police Make Indiscriminate Mass Arrests

At around 3.15pm the police charged into the march near to where the CJA System Change not Climate Change group had joined the march, as well as people from the Ntac called demonstration. They cut off hundreds of people including many who were marching as part of Libertarian Socialist bloc [Pics 1 > 2 > 3 | report | video]. By 5pm several hundred had been handcuffed and made to sit on the floor, where they remain in the cold for hours. The police's press office reports that those arrested today are between 700-900 people, later revised to close to one thousand. - See AerialTwitpic. See CJA Press Release, of these only three were eventually charged with anything.

Following the enormous mass arrests of climate protesters, accounts are emerging of the poor conditions within the specially set up detention facilities, with people handcuffed for up to eight hours following their lengthy detention upon the streets. Despite this obvious repression climate campaigners remain determined to push the message that we need System Change not climate change.

Further Information see: Denmark IMC Features

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2 party monopoly

aristocrotic anarchist 13.Dec.2009 22:34

write legislation that disallows imports from 3rd world violators who pocket billions while driving status quo represion on locals and shaking down 1st world with public/private partnership backstabs on port operations that launder billions ( making rich deseperate for more) while leaving millions in port debt ( from not charging proper rates) that cost local tax payers in propertytax millions to cover the costs of operating ports only the 3rd world benefits from while our libraries are closing to save money becuz the money was spent to pay the bond shareholders financing the port operations

Never Mind Climate Gate

Come on' Man 15.Dec.2009 20:39

Never mind the billionaire interests that are at stake with the new Carbon Credit Cap and Trade Bubble. Never mind the carbon taxes that will be collected selectively, while Exxon and BP enjoy special dispensation. Never mind the fact that the most prominent scientists in the field of global warming research have been caught red handed trying to deep six primary data and make a decline in temperature look like a rise. Never mind the plain fact that the left is just as co-opted as the right to serve the interests of oligarchs, that the Wall Street Foundations fund the NGO's run by their misdirected minions.

Come on' people. Just read the actual climate gate emails. We've been lied to!


Trouble is when one society trys to overthrow the old empires. 17.Dec.2009 00:05

Arresting 1,200 people is par for the course of Nato countries as they train their cops and military to opress the masses if they chalenge the ruling class or status quo of the established Imperial empires. The new society needs to be born and to thrive, the old wants to hold on to its polluted wealth. This story is as old as Imperial empire and has organized the state not for liberation but for conquest, pollution and aggressive wars. The big difference here is that the previous empires states didn't have the gargantuan efficient military power (six overkill) that todays imperial empires do. Never the less the oppressed peoples still need to dismantle the non-productive polluting militaries to get to liberation, that hasn't changed. Will the peoples be able to disassemble the six-overkill capacity in time, so the air, land, water, plants, animals, and peoples will be able to sustain life dwith new non-polluting technology?? That is the new question, as there is no doubt that tidal, wind, and solar power can sustain life and motivate the industrial revolution, but the old reactionary order is still not giving way to the new as is necessary. Viva socialist liberation. End pollution wars, not endless wars for more pollution.

Two main things learned for civil society and activists

Autonomous 17.Dec.2009 16:52

Two things learned:

1. Don't believe your governments will make the best of efforts to get anything fundamentally solved, if they can't do it for something that everybody calls a disaster waiting to happen; take this as illustration or like some demonstrators at the mass arrests chanted: "This is what democracy looks like, this is what democracy looks like", and that ain't good.

2. With representatives being held back, Naomi Klein teargassed at a place the council had permitted activists to occupy, mass arrests and random batton beatings you know it was more about destroying a possible new positive incentive to the popular anti-globalization movement. This was not about public order this was about warning all potential opponents of the power house which is the status quo: "You will not be able to unite in one front or generate massive movement and all newcomers and youngsters - hmm like the poor only released girl for away from home with no friends in the big Kopenhagen, give me a brake, go through the links on you tube - be afraid to demonstrate and stay at home; eat, work, breed, die!".

No Surrender,
No Retreat,

No Justice,
No Peace.