"COPENHAGEN -- Danish police on Sunday released hundreds of activists who were detained during a climate demonstration as environment ministers met for informal talks aimed at advancing negotiations on a new global warming pact. Police said only 13 of the 968 people detained during and after the demonstration in Copenhagen remained in custody Sunday. Of those, three -- two Danes and a Frenchman -- were set to be arraigned in court on preliminary charges of fighting with police. The conference took a day off Sunday, though more than 40 environment ministers were meeting for informal talks at the Danish Foreign Ministry .... Karl Ritter reports for the Associated Press Dec. 13, 2009.
"Thousands of protesters gathered in the Danish capital Saturday to demand tough action by world leaders to curb global warming, but hundreds were detained as police tried to quell any potential violence. Extra police were on hand to monitor the crowd as it marched through the city, beating drums, waving signs and chanting. Nearly 1,000 protestors were detained by Danish police. But many protesters simply carried signs or dressed in costumes, such as penguins and polar bears. Organizers estimated that upwards of 100,000 people joined the protests, though Danish police estimate only 40,000 took to the streets. Police said 968 people were detained as a preventative action." CTV.ca had the story Dec. 12, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the chilly Danish capital and 600 were detained Saturday, in a mass rally to demand an ambitious global climate pact just as talks hit a snag over rich nations' demands on China and other emerging economies. The mostly peaceful demonstrations in Copenhagen provided the centerpiece of a day of global climate activism stretching from Europe to Asia. Police assigned extra officers to watch protesters marching toward the suburban conference center to demand that leaders act now to fight climate change. Police estimated their numbers at 40,000, while organizers said as many as 100,000 had joined the march from downtown Copenhagen." John Heilprin reports for the Aasociated Press Dec. 12, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- Tens of thousands of climate activists marched in Copenhagen on Saturday as part of a worldwide 'Day of Action' to urge negotiators at U.N. talks to agree a strong treaty to fight global warming. 'There is no planet B' and 'Change the politics, not the climate', read banners waved by demonstrators in the Danish capital. ... The rally was mostly held in a carnival atmosphere but riot police detained about 400 black-clad activists at the rear after some bottles were thrown and windows smashed. They were forced to sit on a street, hands tied behind their backs." Sunanda Creagh and John Acher report for Reuters Dec. 12, 2009.
"Capitalism, corporate lobbying, and consumptive culture are killing the planet—and the only acceptable solution is a radical overhaul of the global political and economic system, say delegates at a climate summit in Copenhagen this week. Not the climate summit, where negotiators are painstakingly haggling over a modest deal that may or may not slow the pace of global warming. This clarion call is what a climate agreement might sound like if matters were decided by Klimaforum, otherwise known as the 'people's climate summit.'" Kate Sheppard reports for Mother Jones Dec. 10, 2009.
"Danish police last night raided a climate campaigners' accommodation centre in Copenhagen, detaining 200 activists and seizing items including paint bombs and shields which they claimed could be used for acts of civil disobedience. About 200 police arrived at the shelter on Ragnhild Street, in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen, at 2.30am. They locked activists into the building for two hours, and searched some of the nearby properties. Campaigners say they took away various items including a power drill, an angle grinder, and some wooden props. No arrests were made." Bibi van der Zee reports for the UK Guardian Dec. 9, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- The tiny Pacific island of Tuvalu has been rebuffed at Copenhagen after demanding strong action to curb global warming. Tuvalu proposed amending the U.N. climate treaty to require the world's nations to keep the rise in temperatures to 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) above preindustrial levels. But Danish conference president Connie Hedegaard declined to advance the proposal, after objections from other nations. Oil producing nations, and others, would be hurt by the required strict limits on burning fossil fuels." The AP had the story Dec. 9, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- Island nation Tuvalu led a group of developing countries in a walkout from the Dec 7-18 climate summit here Wednesday, forcing an unprecedented closure of the conference for a few hours." The Times of India had the story Dec. 9, 2009.