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article imageProtest marches in Copenhagen

By Maciej Lewandowski     Dec 12, 2009 in Environment
Dec. 12 was announced by the activists of environmental organizations as a day of demonstrations and day of real action in Copenhagen.
Activists from all over the world calling for taking the decisive steps to curb the adverse environmental change, rather than wage endless fruitless discussions, decided to organize protests and marches in Copenhagen on Dec. 12.
The atmosphere in the Danish capital became even more tense, as the same day delegations of impoverished nations accused their rich counterparts of clique formation and attempt to conclude a secret agreement.
According to official media (as the Times Online) in Saturday's street protests have taken part 30,000 demonstrators, but organizers claim (mostly on Twitter, but on the official media, such as the CBC News too) there were around 100,000 participants.
The marches started as peaceful demonstrations, but but some of them turned into riots provoked by anarchists and left-wing activists. As the Times Online reports, hundreds of masked youths threw bricks and smashed windows, fighting with Danish police.
There were around 600 people arrested, some of them 'preventively detained', as the police explains.
Some media accusing the police of human rights violations and obstruction of journalists work.
Media emphasize that the rest of the demonstration progressed peacefully, looking even nice and 'colourful'.
As the Guardian reports, among the protesters were the actor Helen Baxendale, model Helena Christensen and former Irish president and UN high commissioner for human rights Mary Robinson.
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