Protests Continue at U.N. Climate Summit After Arrests

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 13 (UPI) — Scattered protests took place Sunday in Copenhagen, Denmark, a day after police arrested nearly 1,000 arrests during the climate change summit, police said.

Police said nearly 230 people were arrested during Sunday’s protests, with the majority of the targeted protesters taking part in an illegal protest in the northern part of the Danish capital, The New York Times reported.


Sunday’s arrests paled in comparison to those made on Saturday as tens of thousands of protesters gathered to call for action on climate change. Police estimate between 60,000 and 100,000 individuals took part in Saturday’s protest.

Police coordinator Per Larsen said in addition to Sunday’s scattered protests, four cars were set on fire and a police officer was hit in the face with a rock.

“We saved the demonstration from being disturbed totally,” Larsen told the Times. “There were some hard-core protesters that we have neutralized.”

Meanwhile, at least one activist alleges those protesters arrested Saturday were denied medical attention, water and toilets.

“People were there in freezing conditions urinating on themselves and being held in lines like, essentially like animals,” Mel Evans of Climate Justice Action told the BBC.

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