Copenhagen: December 13, 2009 – IR Summary/BBC -
God Believers, World Peace & Earth Saving Mission (WP&ESM) based in New Delhi has assailed and severely criticized Danish Police for having detained the peaceful demonstrators on Saturday in a brutal manner.
Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist, Lead Man of God Believers said,” There were about 30,000 demonstrators who held peaceful demonstration. But the Police detained most of them in a highly inhuman way. The TV pictures showed that the police putting the demonstrators in seated lines on the street with their hands tied behind their backs. They were later removed on buses. If this is the way how the police to tackle the peaceful demonstrators, it is just unfortunate and deserve condemnation.”
Mel Evans from Climate Justice Action told the BBC protesters were held for hours in freezing conditions without medical attention, water or toilets.
A police spokesman said almost all of those detained on Saturday had now been released, but a few would be charged.
Tens of thousands marched to press for more decisive action on global warming.
Meanwhile, ministers have started arriving to join other delegates at the Bella Centre for the UN summit, which runs for another week.
Documents prepared by leaders of the conference call on developed nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions by between 25% and 45% of 1990 levels by 2020.
On Saturday, the EU joined the US in criticising a draft agreement that says developing nations would only reduce their emissions if they receive financial help. The EU has offered developing nations a 7.2bn-euro (£6.5bn;
$10.6bn) three-year deal.
“There has been a growing understanding that there must be commitments to actions by emerging economies as well,” said Swedish Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren, whose country holds the EU’s rotating presidency.
The exact target for limiting temperature rise is unclear amid disputes between various blocs. The UN-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes (IPCC) wants to keep the rise to below 2C (3.6F) above pre-industrial levels.
‘Breakdown of democracy’
Police said about 30,000 people took part in Saturday’s demonstration in the Danish capital, although organisers put the number at 100,000.
Many chanted and carried banners reading “Demand climate justice”, “The world wants a read deal” and “There is no Planet B”. More