Copenhagen Summit: Nearly 200 Protesters Arrested In Christiania
No major global conference goes without protests, and the COP 15 Climate Change Summit held in Copenhagen this week is no exception. Yesterday, Danish police detained 200 protesters who were allegedly participating in a protest in Christiania area of Copenhagen. It was alleged that bombs were thrown at the police and baricades were set on fire by protesters at the rally. The police has reportedly employed tear gas to control the crowd. By different estimates, anywhere between 1000 and 1500 arrests were made in Copenhagen during the Summit. Protesters are staging rallies to try to influence politicians to make far-reaching, major decisions on the issue of climate change.
Meanwhile, the United Nations has issued a warning to the Summit delegates, saying the time for a strong deal is running out.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Copenhagen on Tuesday, where he will stay until the climate talks end on Friday.
"I appeal to (negotiators) to redouble their efforts to find the room for compromise to make a final push in this final stretch," Ban said.
"If everything is left to leaders to resolve at the last minute, we risk having a weak deal or no deal at all, and this would be a failure of potentially catastrophic consequence," he added.