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Danish police raid Copenhagen climate campaigners’ rooms

Danish police raid Copenhagen climate campaigners’ rooms

Police detain 200 activists at their Copenhagen accommodation and seize items they claim could be used for acts of civil disobedience

(Guardian Article)

COP15 : items that were confiscated by Danish police from a pre-dawn police raid in CopenhagenCopenhagen police seized items including paint bombs and shields which they claimed could be used for acts of civil disobedience. Photograph: Dresling Jens/AP

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.

Police confirmed the raid took place and issued a statement saying among the items they had found were “58 fluorescent tubes containing a mixture of paint and oil, closed in both ends with candle wax, 193 riot shields, nine metal cages measuring 4x2m, which are capable of rolling and constructed inside with milk cartons, which could be used for staircases.”

A spokeswoman for Climate Justice Action (CJA), one of the activist groups, said: “People were enormously frightened and alarmed. We really don’t know why the police handled it like this: the Danish government has provided this accommodation for activists and now the police are acting unnecessarily. We’ll be asking for the items they confiscated back.”

The centre on Ragnhild Street is one of a handful of sleeping spaces provided by the government for the protesters who are expected during the course of the summit. Activists estimate that between 30,000-40,000 protesters may arrive over the next couple of weeks. Hundreds of small-scale actions are planned, and three large-scale peaceful protests are also due to take place on Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday.

Police have said that although they will facilitate peaceful protest, they fear that an international extremist network may come to Copenhagen to join the peaceful protests then break away to commit acts of violence.

The head of the Police Intelligence Service (PET), Jakob Scharf, has said that “violent extremists will try to abuse and get a free ride on the peaceful activist involvement in the climate debate.”

Scharf said he feared that peaceful protesters may end up in a battle zone between extremists and police.

Some activists have privately conceded that there may well be trouble at some of the upcoming demonstrations. But most strongly refute the idea that troublemakers are descending on Copenhagen. “We’ve found that to be a myth put about by people who are seeking to undermine the genuine reasons people are protesting,” said Mel Evans of CJA. “We’ve issued a call out for people to take peaceful action on climate change and that’s why they’re coming here.”

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Copenhagen Day 3

Protests Inside Bella Centre: Some African Delegates Threaten to Walk Out/Border Crossing Point Info for Activists

Lumumba Di-Aping of Sudan, the head of the 135-nation bloc of developing countries, said the $10 billion a year that has been proposed to help poor nations fight climate change paled in comparison to the more than $1 trillion already spent to rescue financial institutions.

“If this is the greatest risk that humanity faces, then how do you explain $10 billion?” he said. “Ten billion will not buy developing countries’ citizens enough coffins.”

Stuck at The Border? Important Numbers to Note before you Leave

While it seems that police is strengthening border control, we have updated the relevant section in the practical info on the website.

Constant updates about borders can be found here borderwatchcop15.blogsport.de

Flensburg (German/Danish border): Phone 0049 (0)15153610132.

Rostock (German/Danish border): Phone 0049 (0)15224551075
grenzsolicop15-rostock@riseup.net
download public key

Malmoe (Swedish/Danish border): 0046 760188650

Read more about border control here http://www.climate-justice-action.org/practical-info/copenhagen-info/#Border%20control

Radio Kebele – Review

Not one for the Elderly,  Infirm, or the Religous…

Radio Kebeleauthor email radiokebele@riseup.net

Excellent Interviews, covering the situation in Calais and Greece. As well as a global round up the news you won’t hear. Eclectic Tunes – Punk, Hip Hop and Anti-Folk –  they may agree on politics but definitely not on music.  Some of the presenters or rather – Stig – needs to tone down his sense of “humour” a bit – but trust me – he’s worse in real life.  Defintely worth a listen though.


Podcast: http://live1.radiovague.com:8000/archives/kebele/radiok…e.xml


To the Conspiratists: Climate Chaos E-Mail Expose Exposed

From BBC:

The first decade of this century is the warmest on record, a report by the UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has said.

The agency’s data also showed that 2009 was set to be the fifth warmest year.

In a separate report, the UK’s Met Office said the current decade was “by far” the warmest since instrumental records began.

Its new analysis also showed that 2009 would almost certainly be the fifth warmest in the 160-year record.

The WMO said 2009 was set to be another “top 10” year, with provisional warming of 0.44C (0.79F) above the long-term average of 14.0C (57.2F).

Burgeoning El Nino conditions, adding to man-made greenhouse warming, pushed up this year’s global average temperature, it explained.

“We’ve seen above average temperatures in most continents, and only in North America were there conditions that were cooler than average,” said WMO secretary-general Michel Jarraud.

“We are in a warming trend – we have no doubt about it.”

The US space agency Nasa suggests that a new global temperature record will be set “in the next 1-2 years”.

Graphic showing global average land surface temperatures (Image: BBC)

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Met Office scientists have been giving details of the new analysis at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen.

The Met Office has also released data from more than 1,000 weather stations that make up the global land surface temperature records.

The decision to make the information, a subset of a record used in assessment reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), available is the latest development in the ClimateGate affair.

Graphic of global warming projection (Image: BBC)

The row broke out last month when hundreds of messages between scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) and their peers around the world were put on the internet along with other documents.

Critics of the scientific consensus have claimed that the e-mails undermine the case that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are causing global warming.

In a statement, the Met Office said: “This subset is not a new global temperature record and it does not replace the HadCRUT, NASA GISS and NCDC global temperature records, all of which have been fully peer reviewed.

“This subset shows that global average land temperatures have risen over the last 150 years and is very similar to the temperature rises shown by the complete dataset.

“This subset release will continue the policy of putting as much of the station temperature record as possible into the public domain.

“As soon as we have all permissions in place we will release the remaining station records – around 5,000 in total – that make up the full land temperature record.

“We are dependent on international approvals to enable this final step and cannot guarantee that we will get permission from all data owners.”