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Copenhagen police release hundreds of detained activists

Only 13 protesters remain in custody after nearly 1,000 arrests during demonstrations at climate change summit
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Arrested demonstrators sit on the ground as they are surrounded by police in Copenhagen.

Arrested demonstrators sit on the ground surrounded by police during a rally outside the climate change conference in Copenhagen. Photograph: Christian Charisius/Reuters

Danish police have released hundreds of activists who were detained during a mass rally to demand a global climate pact, as police were accused of overreacting to sporadic street violence.

Only 13 of the 968 people detained during the demonstration in Copenhagen remain in custody today, according to police. Of those, two Danes and a Frenchman are set to appear in court on preliminary charges of fighting with police.

An estimated 40,000 people joined Saturday's mostly peaceful march towards the suburban conference centre where the 192-nation UN climate conference is being held.

Riot police detained activists at the back of the demonstration, when some started vandalising buildings in central Copenhagen.

Mel Evans from Climate Justice Action said protesters were held for hours in freezing conditions without water, toilets or medical attention.

"People were very scared and they were held for about four hours on the ground. They weren't able to have any medical attention, any water, and weren't allowed to have any toilet facilities," she told BBC Five Live. "People were there in freezing conditions urinating on themselves and being held in lines like, essentially, like animals."

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is to speak in the Danish capital later today, and appeal for people to start loving and caring for their world.

In an address he is due to give a congregation, including Queen Margrethe of Denmark and senior international politicians, he will call for a scaling down of the extravagant use of energy and the amount of waste across the planet.

Williams, a passionate believer in the need to control the causes of climate change, will have strong words for those who deny man's activities are not responsible for global warming.

But last night, violence broke out when tens of thousands of people – some dressed as penguins and polar bears, carrying signs saying: "Save the humans" – took to the streets. The march had been organised to urge conference delegates to work out a binding deal to tackle climate change but was marred when a group of protesters threw bricks at police.

Hundreds were arrested and police "kettled" several hundred more before sending coaches into the pen, filling them up and driving away.

Henri Purje, who was in Copenhagen with Attac, a group opposed to international free trade, was standing in front of the group that was penned in and taken away by police.

"I was in the last line of people before the police suddenly moved in for no obvious reason. It seemed as if they just wanted to take out a bunch of random people. No one was being violent, I didn't see anyone doing anything apart from singing and chanting and marching. Everything had been really peaceful," Purje said.

A British demonstrator, Georgy Forshall, told the Observer: "Two of my friends are in there. The police said demonstrators had been throwing stones, but my friends were in a cow costume, they wouldn't have been able to throw stones."

Police said two Britons had been deported. "There were many thousands on the march. The police knew that some of them were activists," police spokesman Henrik Moeller Jakobsen said. "Some of them were throwing stones and in that case we make arrests. The activists also wear masks on their faces and this is illegal under Danish law."

The disruption marks the halfway point of the climate talks. This week, the UN-sponsored summit enters its final phase with more than 100 world leaders, including Barack Obama, Gordon Brown and Chinese premier Wen Jiabao, arriving to hammer out a deal.

The conference has been characterised by posturing and recriminations but gained focus on Friday with the release of a document outlining ambitious greenhouse gas cuts over the next 40 years.

Industrialised nations will bear most of the burden of emission cuts in the short term, it is proposed. They will reduce their output of greenhouse gases by 25%-45% by 2020, compared with 1990 levels. Major developing countries would reduce theirs by 15%-30%. Together, all countries would cut emissions by 50%-95% by 2050.

However, the text fails to indicate how much money rich countries would give poorer ones to cope with global warming, a major bone of contention. The European Union has pledged to provide £2.2bn a year over the next three years to help poorer countries adapt to the impact of climate change.

Island states, such as the Maldives, the Seychelles and Tuvalu, are the most vulnerable to sea-level rises. They want any treaty agreed at Copenhagen to set a target year, within the next decade, when emissions peak and then begin to fall.


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  • Oregon Oregon

    13 Dec 2009, 11:26AM

    Ahhh, another fine example of hypocritical democracy in action. Who are the ones behaving like animals in the above photo? You only get one guess.

  • kasa kasa

    13 Dec 2009, 11:28AM

    A really strong embrace of support for these activists. Unlike the middle-aged saddos who still insist that climate change is a myth and for whom it would appear that the Enlightenment with the beginning of empirical science of people like Locke and Newton was something that happened to other people,the generation who will endure the frightening future bearing down on us have to make their voices heard above the pathetic theatricals inside the luxurious summit buildings.
    Let´s not forget that back in the 80´s when I supported Greenpeace in its first steps in raising environmental issues we endured incidents such as the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior by the French secret service. The truth is that there is huge powerplay going on here with so many governmental and business interests at stake. Change will simply and sadly not come about if we think that the people inside the summit are really nice people at heart who will surely see reason.
    Keep fighting.

  • Shumway Shumway

    13 Dec 2009, 11:30AM

    In my personal opinion these protests are important and justified. Some people, however, join these marches and have no idea what they are talking about if somebody holds a microphone in their face. I also think that most of these guys really don't live in reality and just go there, dressed in green rags or as a polar bear, to show each other that under their command we would live in paradise.

    If it comes to violence, however, I have absolutely no understanding and pity with the victims of police's self-defence. To abuse such a peaceful issue by smashing cars and burning dustbins as well as throwing stones and bottles at police officers is just an outrage.

  • seasonticket seasonticket

    13 Dec 2009, 11:36AM

    Wow. Just wow.

    More than nine hundred law-abiding peaceful protesters, kept in freezing conditions, hands tied behind their backs, sat on the pavement, no water, no medical attention, urinating on themselves.

    Is this what a democracy looks like?

    Are rich countries really so afraid of dissent and embarrassment?

  • Ebert Ebert

    13 Dec 2009, 11:53AM

    The real purpose of police action of this kind is to remind ordinary people what will happen to them if they try to mount demonstrations against having to pay for the bakers' greed.

  • Camleeds Camleeds

    13 Dec 2009, 11:53AM

    Big big scares from the experts and scientists:

    The forthcoming ice age (1970s).
    Everyone at risk from Aids (1980s).
    By now, 1/3 of the population should be infected with New Variant CJD. Bird/avian flu.
    Bird/Avian flu to mutate to a version which can spread to humans.
    Millenium Bug.
    Swine flu.
    But the biggest and best: Man Made Climate Change.

    Any others?

  • snix snix

    13 Dec 2009, 11:56AM

    The protesters are treated the same as the planet by the corporatocracies.You cannot find a solution if you control what is allowed to be discussed.As always the banks dictate what is to be done about climate change because people still haven't acknowledged they only care about themselves and money.
    While corporations are protected and people oppressed the state of the world will continue to deteriorate.
    Psychopaths will not save the world

  • LordXenu LordXenu

    13 Dec 2009, 11:58AM

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  • MaggieT MaggieT

    13 Dec 2009, 11:59AM

    Protest and non-violent direction action are an essential part of progressive democracy.

    Without it, there would be no universal suffrage for men, no votes for women, no civil rights movement, and Britain might still be in India.

    Pre-emptive police action smacks of a police state.

  • Cardo Cardo

    13 Dec 2009, 12:00PM

    These protesters are right to raise awareness on the issues but I don't necessarily support all their tactics.

    Every sensible thinking person knows that population growth coupled with greatly increased consumption per head the the "western" world are the root causes of the vastly increased consumption of fossil fuels and the emissions of CO2. But we must remember that each person in the USA utilises resources such as fuel, land (ie consume produce from land that may be anywhere in the world), etc., around 30 to 40 times the typical African and 2 to 5 times most Europeans. Each head of population is not equal.

    We must attack the problem on three fronts simultaneously: Get population growth considerably slowed down, stopped or even reversed in ALL parts of the world including the developed countries; reduce consumption of fossil fuels by moving rapidly towards renewables; reduce CO2 emissions both through that reduction and towards improved technologies on all fronts; reverse the destruction of forest, wilderness and other environments that act as natural mechanism for managing the delicate dynamics of our environment.

    We need to measure social and economic success in ways beyond pure GDP and consumption of goods by agreeing internationally on a raft of measures that are used to compare countries and groupings of countries. Though the USA usually comes top in GDP per head, on most other measures it performs badly. If w can use the broader measures it will stop using their high consumption model as the goal other strive for. Let's find not the richest nation but the fairest and the happiest and the one that the greatest percentage of the population that shares in the nations success.

    CO2 emissions are an important part but the whole balanced programme is necessary.

    There is too much independent data such that, even if we reexamine the UEA data, the balance of probabilities is still so strongly in favour of anthropomorphic contributed global warming that to fail to take action would be criminally irresponsible.

    We must also remember that many sceptic/denier web sites and other "propaganda" machines are strongly rumoured to be funded by US logging, oil and gas interests, Saudi and other oil based regimes in the Middle East and by Russian oligarchs again whose wealth is founded on oil and gas. If the world moves forward on tackling climate change and CO2 those groups will lose some political power and influence founded on the economic strength control of those resources currently give them. As the phrase goes, "Follow the Money" to see here the influences behind them lie. There is vastly more money behind the Sceptic/Deniers than the scientific and green communities so I know where my trust is most likely to go. There is almost a case for saying that, even if deniers have that remote possibility of being right, we should still move quickly to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and reduce CO2 emissions as that would make conflicts in the Middle East and other parts of the world less likely as the need to control access to oil and gas would reduce.

  • cynicoli cynicoli

    13 Dec 2009, 12:02PM

    The Danish Police made it very clear beforehand what would happen if certain types of behaviour were enganged in. I quote from the activists very own Bust Card:

    In Denmark the following is illegal:

    To possess something, which can be used for masking nearby a place where there is going to be a demonstration, where there is a demonstration or where there has been a demonstration. You must be aware that it is not only being masked during the demonstration that is illegal.
    To be in a demonstration dissolved by the police./blockquote />

    The result:

    To make a preventive arrest (although you have done nothing illegal) to prevent unlawful acts from happening. In these situations the police can detain you for maximum 12 hours and even longer if they find it necessary. You have the right to have your detention tried in a court. You have to make a request about this within 4 weeks after the arrest./blockquote>

    These are the laws of their country, and the activists were pre-warned.

    Maybe the British Police ain't so bad after all...

  • Ralphs Ralphs

    13 Dec 2009, 12:05PM

    Looks familiar:
    From; http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10005464

    "The Nazi state fused the police with the SS and Security Service (Sicherheitsdienst; SD), two of the most radical and ideologically committed Nazi organizations.

    Nazi ideology became part of all police activities. The police were central figures not just in maintaining public order, but in combating the so-called racial enemies designated by the Nazi state. It was in this context that "preventive police action" took on such terrible consequences. The SS, SD, and police were the primary perpetrators of the Holocaust."

  • remoteviewer remoteviewer

    13 Dec 2009, 12:11PM

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  • Antihoax Antihoax

    13 Dec 2009, 12:13PM

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  • LordXenu LordXenu

    13 Dec 2009, 12:14PM

    The forthcoming ice age (1970s).

    Never at any point a view of a majority of climate scientists. In fact, the consensus of most back then was global warming too.

    Bird/Avian flu to mutate to a version which can spread to humans.

    Right, because influenza never mutates from being an animal pathogen to a human pathogen

    Swine flu.

    Oh wait

    Millenium Bug.

    Given that thousands of IT specialists worked overtime to fix it, the fact that nothing happened doesn't mean much.

    But the biggest and best: Man Made Climate Change.

    And thus we see that those who dispute MMGW are not just ignorant about the csience behind that, but also of science generally.

  • stuv stuv

    13 Dec 2009, 12:14PM

    ... as the usual "police brutality" comments come in ... time for some facts ...

    The demonstration numbered over 50,000 people, was fun, was effective and had some good speeches at the beginning and end. Relations with the police were relaxed, friendly even. At the back of the march were some 1,000 people with many in their uniform of black - hoods and masks. This tiny minority started their usual antics of smashing shopwindows and throwing fireworks and cobblestones at the police. And as they clearly had little to do with the great majority on the demo, they were detained. Yes only around 100 were violent but the other 900 were there providing, again as usual, cover and support for them.

    So to sum up. Very well done the genuine climate protesters. Well done the police. And nothing but scorn for those who are only there for violence, either actively, wannabe or merely voyeurs.

  • NapoleonKaramazov NapoleonKaramazov

    13 Dec 2009, 12:19PM

    I agree with the general consensus on climate change, and if people wish to voice their opinions peacefully then that is fine.

    Obviously of course, there are always a minority who come for the riots. From all over Europe in fact.

    The problem, generally is these people think with passion and ideology from the heart, but not the brain. For example, when Nick Griffin got elected, there were No Pasaran! style 'communiques' from various passionate anti fascists about blockading the entrance to the EU parliament. Similarly when he was to appear on question time the same rentamobs invaded the BBC headquarters. What I am trying to say is that there is a place for dissent and rebellious spirit, but not when it interferes with a process, in the above case Democracy and in the Copenhagen case a UN conference.

    The grey men in suits who will sort this out, making all the decisions and resolutions, even though it is elitist, a minority addressing the issues.
    The simple fact is that although the officials, delegates and bureaucrats may be seem grey and faceless, I would rather someone who knows what they are doing with decades of research in the field drawing up the plans than the decisions being influenced by youngish protestors, who alright are passionate and well intentioned, but are not as experienced.

    The Copenhagen police are probably overstretched and pissed off. The problem is, say 1% of all protesters are intent only on causing mayhem, this 1% of hooligans uses as much police manpower as the other 99% of peaceful demonstrators.

  • paullafargue paullafargue

    13 Dec 2009, 12:21PM

    If a few of the demontrators were committing crimes then they should have been arrested.

    But that is no excuse to arrest almost a thousand innocent people and treat them in such an appalling manner.

    This was an affront to democracy and the right to peacefully demonstrate.

    It also brings shame on the Danish Government who are behaving no better than their British counterparts did at the G20 summit and little better than a third world banana republic.

    Best wishes
    Peter Franzen (England)

  • karinab karinab

    13 Dec 2009, 12:28PM

    What was disapointing was all the media outlets, including the Guardian, who led with the arrests as their headline, when reporting about the rally.

    The arrests yesterday accounted for less than 1% of the people 100,000 people who attend the rally, but if you glanced the photos and headlines from mainstream media, you would of thought it was the majority. Of this small percent `'preemptively" arrested, only 3 have actually been charged. Anyone there knows that a positive carnival atmosphere pervaded the day.

    Is this why people are looking to the blogsphere for their news rather to the media?

  • Antonymous Antonymous

    13 Dec 2009, 12:28PM

    Let's concentrate on feeding and educating the world, on clean fuels and energy, on saving forests and wildlife, stopping pollution, closing tax-havens and making Corporations pay to clean up their business and the environment.

    All these things we can do.

    Stopping the wind from blowing, the lighning from striking, the ice-caps melting WE cannot do.

  • Anna2224 Anna2224

    13 Dec 2009, 12:32PM

    Someone needs to do something about it. EU citizens are being denied the fundamental right to protest. 938 protesters treated worse than animals, only because they care about our planet. Only 13 in custody for "resisting" the arrest. What about the others? They were just marching, THEY ARE THE MODERN HEROS. SHAME ON YOU Denmark and EU! Raiding the protester's accomodation is like entering in your home, take a knife and say you may be able to commit a crime with it and arrest you. It's like the South American ditatorship. SHAME ON YOU POLITICIANS! You destroy our planet to make 1% of the polutation rich, left millions other people starving to death in Africa, Asia and South America and destroy our rivers, sea, forests and animals. When people go to the streets to protest you treat them in the same way you are treating our planet: WITH NO RESPECT. I am totally disgusted with it. They expect us to be like happy sheeps, get on with our "made in China" Xmas shopping and don't care if it was a result of cruelty with animals or workers, go to the pub get drunk and have a good time! It looks like we are back in the middle ages! Please give me some RESPECT. WE need a NEW ENLIGHTMENT in the world! That's what we need, a NEW ENLIGHTMENT. Our fake leaders are rubish!

  • Anna2224 Anna2224

    13 Dec 2009, 12:34PM

    Someone needs to do something about it. EU citizens are being denied the fundamental right to protest. 938 protesters treated worse than animals, only because they care about our planet. Only 13 in custody for "resisting" the arrest. What about the others? they were just marching and they are the modern heros. SHAME ON YOU Denmark and EU! Raiding the protester's accomodation is like entering in your home, take a knife and say you may be able to commit a crime with it and arrest you. It's like the South American ditatorship. SHAME ON YOU POLITICIANS! You destroy our planet to make 1% of the polutation rich, left millions other people starving to death in Africa, Asia and South America and destroy our rivers, sea, forests and animals. When people go to the streets to protest you treat them in the same way you are treating our planet: WITH NO RESPECT. I am totally disgusted with it. They expect us to be like happy sheeps and get on with our "made in China" Xmas shopping and don't care if it was a result of cruelty with animals or workers, go to the pub get drunk and have good time! It looks like we are back in the middle ages! Please give me some RESPECT. WE need a NEW ENLIGHTMENT in the world! That's what we need, a NEW ENLIGHTMENT. Our fake leaders are rubish!

  • MaggieT MaggieT

    13 Dec 2009, 12:39PM

    LordXenu

    I broadly agree, but Y2K is the one that troubles me:

    Millenium Bug.

    "Given that thousands of IT specialists worked overtime to fix it, the fact that nothing happened doesn't mean much."

    Some countries that couldn't afford or were disinclined to act (for whatever reason) actually did very little preparation, eg, New Zealand. They had as few problems as the countries that spent billions.

    Ultimately though, with so much consensus, and considering the possible consequences of climate change, it would be extremely foolish not to act.

  • arkitkt arkitkt

    13 Dec 2009, 12:45PM

    I saw the police push several of the protesters into glass windows and then arrested them for "breaking" the windows.

    The Danish cops are dilettantes. The ones standing around McDonald's --'protecting it', looked so uncomfortable and I am sure felt like idiots, as they should.

    The police in this place is out of control....

  • MaggieT MaggieT

    13 Dec 2009, 12:51PM

    LordXenu

    Yes, what's happened to the Ian Tomlinson case? Are they waiting for a "bad news day" to announce quietly that there's "insufficient evidence" to prosecute?

    Will Chris Allison be prosecuted for lying to the Parliamentary Committee? I want to know more about the 20+ "undercover" cops that the City of London deployed at the G20.

    Tom Brake MP (who attended the G20 protest in April) reported these observations from Tony Amos, a photographer who was standing with protesters in the Royal Exchange between 5pm and 6pm:

    "He [one of the alleged officers] was egging protesters on. It was very noticeable," Amos said. "Then suddenly a protester seemed to identify him as a policeman and turned on him. He legged it towards the police line, flashed some ID and they just let him through, no questions asked."

    Amos added: "He was pretty much inciting the crowd. He could not be called an observer. I don't believe in conspiracy theories but this really struck me. Hopefully, a review of video evidence will clear this up."

  • CathL CathL

    13 Dec 2009, 12:51PM

    As the global movement for climate justice continues to grow and take action against the corrupt and ineffective means of carbon trading and offsetting promoted by the UN process, it is unsurprising that the authorities feel the need to silence and intimidate us.

    These elitist and undemocratic talks are part of a political and economic system that puts corporate profits before the needs of the people. The climate crisis shows that it's impossible to have infinite economic growth on a finite planet. We need system change to stop climate change - come and join us!

  • BABSINDK BABSINDK

    13 Dec 2009, 12:54PM

    The whole thing stinks.

    "This is what democracy anno 2009 looks like in Denmark"

    It's all right for you lot, reporting from a distance, or having a nice little ecominded holiday in Copenhagen for the party. But soon you all go home or stop writing about Denmark, and we are left with the new draconian measures to control the population.

    In Denmark it is illegal for parents to hit children, but rest assured, if the kids do start to be truly unruly, the police will hit them for you.

    I am not 'against' the police by the way, I see their human side, but those uniformed action make animals out of them. Hyenas.

  • TBombadil TBombadil

    13 Dec 2009, 12:55PM

    The cost of renewable energy is falling while the cost of energy from fossil fuels is rising. Oil was $10 per barrel in 1998 and $150 per barrel in 2008. The price fell to $40 early in the recession but is already back to $75 and will no doubt exceed $150 once we come out of recession.

    If we could switch instantly from from fossil fuel based technology to renewable energy and other low carbon technologies we could wait the 3 or 4 years it will take for renewable energy to fall below that of fossil fuels. Unfortunately that is not the case, it will take us many years to make the switch over so those who delay will be left dependent on increasingly expensive fuels.

    If we wish to remain competitive we need to start making the change now. Many people from my generation think we can carry on without making any significant changes, fortunately the younger members of our community are more willing to consider what is best for us in the long term.

  • BABSINDK BABSINDK

    13 Dec 2009, 12:56PM

    "The World Development Movement's director, Deborah Doane, condemned the authorities for what she said was a "complete violation of the right to protest and a step towards the breakdown of democracy"."

    A step towards the breakdown of democracy indeed. Here come the running jumps.

  • MaggieT MaggieT

    13 Dec 2009, 12:56PM

    cynicoli

    "The Danish Police made it very clear beforehand what would happen if certain types of behaviour were enganged in..."

    No doubt the Chinese military made it clear what would happen if people continued to protest in Tianamen Square .... but it doesn't make it right, does it?

  • SackTheJuggler SackTheJuggler

    13 Dec 2009, 1:04PM

    So that's how 'activism' works, is it?

    1: Try to smash other people's stuff up
    2: Get detained by police
    3: Whine about how the police curtailed your right to smash other people's stuff up, with lots of blather about facism, oppression etc.

  • PietroMercurios PietroMercurios

    13 Dec 2009, 1:09PM

    I don't want to defend the Danish police action, but these police appear to have faces which are clearly visible and large yellow circles with ID numbers, in black, on their uniforms.

    Unlike some recent British anti-demo TSG super-bobbies.

  • SPLD SPLD

    13 Dec 2009, 1:11PM

    arkitkt given the great number of cameras around I look forward to seeing the pictures... or should we just take your word for it ?

    Ironically for those scream police state , if they ever get a round to holding an event like this in a real police state like China , you will not see these great street heroes for dust.
    Its easer to scream and shout about the 'police' in states were there is little actual risk , but much harder to do it when there is a real risk.

    No concern for the poor bugger hows cars and windows got smashed , by these heroes , guess that deserved it for being fascists?.

  • PeterRavenscroft PeterRavenscroft

    13 Dec 2009, 1:14PM

    My carpet-bag is carbon-free
    Copenhagen, wait for me ..

    Etc. Anyone care to set it to music?

    For why this entire well-meaning exercise will achieve precisely zip, try here . Then browse from here. Ignore the mild sarcasm, just cut to the maps, and then to the graphs.

  • Shumway Shumway

    13 Dec 2009, 1:19PM

    It's rediculous!
    Why would anybody have sympathy with these protestors? Did anybody force them to go to Copenhagen to burn cars and throw stones??

    If they can't protest in a peaceful way they didn't deserve it any other way but to sit 4 hours in the cold urinating on themeselves.

  • freshmao freshmao

    13 Dec 2009, 1:22PM

    1) The scientific question on Anthropogenic Global Warmin (AGW) is still an "open" question and is "not determined", so these demonstrators are acting in a "religiously blind faith" manner and not upon settled science. They are wishing something to be true and not waiting for the empirical evidence to be shown as corresponding to reality.

    The science is based upon "models". Models are only scientific when they are "verified" to be true. Tapering with the computer code to create artificially "hot" temperatures is NOT science. It is fraud.

    The protesters are right about one thing though, this meeting is surely about political power and money. AGW is just an excuse by many in power to consolidate more power and steal more money from the people in a "Crusade" to "Save the Earth"!

  • Rxxx Rxxx

    13 Dec 2009, 1:27PM

    cynicoli -
    so, it's a crime to carry something that "might" be used as a kind of mask. Like, you know, a sweater, or a hat, or a jacket.
    And it's, you know, December in Scandinavia.
    I guess they timed the Copen summit pretty well; not much point in having it in July when they'd all be in swimsuits.

    I also love the "nearby a place where there is going to be a demonstration."

    So: Danish people, unless they can see the future, would be well advised never to carry masks, just in case a protest breaks out in the vicinity at some undefined future time. (The police, presumably, can see the future so know when and where they can arrest. I suspect arresting large numbers of people might even help fulfil their own prophecy.)

    And: once the demonstration STARTS, it ceases to be illegal. (OK, maybe it's a poor translation from the Danish text, but if the Danish law is that badly written, then the lawyers will be having a field day.)

  • Mike17 Mike17

    13 Dec 2009, 1:30PM

    @ Shumway: 968 arrests and only 3 charged. These were peaceful demonstrators - teenagers, middleaged and pensioners - participating in a perfectly legal march. I was there. I saw them. Denmark's constitution guarantees freedom of association and freedom of expression. The Danish police pay no heed to their own constitution. That is both immoral and illegal.

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