Protests Inside, Outside Climate Summit

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 16 (UPI) — Police fired tear gas and arrested at least 200 people Wednesday as activists tried to storm the climate change summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, officials said.

Groups of protesters tried to break through security lines outside of Bella Center as world leaders gathered for the final days of the two-week, U.N.-sponsored conference, The Times of London reported.

Witnesses reported police rushed the demonstrators, using pepper spray on the protesters. Police were waiting for Wednesday’s protests with dogs on leashes and a helicopter flying overhead. Law enforcement officials also reportedly worked undercover, infiltrating protest groups and making arrests, The Times said.

Inside the summit venue, about 100 non-government organization representatives staged a sit-in to protest accreditation delays and a decision by Danish officials to void credentials for Friends of the Earth delegates, the London newspaper said.

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