- Title: UN police remove climate activists from COP25 after protest
- Date: 11th December 2019
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (DECEMBER 11, 2019) (REUTERS) VIEW OF DOZENS OF PROTESTERS CHANTING SLOGANS AND CARRYING BANNERS WHILE UNITED NATIONS POLICE OFFICER PULLS THEIR ACCREDITATIONS FROM AROUND THEIR NECKS AND GRABS BANNERS OFF THEM PROTESTERS WITH BANNERS CHANTING "SHAME" U.N. POLICE OFFICERS TELLING PROTESTERS "EVERYONE, LISTEN TO ME" VIEW OF INDIGENOUS PROTESTERS PROTESTER CARRYING BANNER READING "NO DRILLING IN THE AMAZON" DOZENS OF PROTESTERS CHANTING IN FRONT OF UNITED NATIONS POLICE AND MEDIA PROTESTER BEING PICKED UP FROM GROUND BY POLICE AND SECURITY MORE OF PROTESTERS CHANTING "SHAME" (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) KARIN NANSEN, CHAIR OF FRIENDS OF THE EARTH INTERNATIONAL, SAYING: "The voices of the people that protested here have been raised so that they can be heard. There was clear repression here in the sense that they tried to make our voices quiet. They want to silence us so the people (who were protesting) were corralled and they couldn't move. We won't let them revoke our accreditations, we have a right as people to protest. That is democracy, to be able to protest, to be able to make our demands and call on governments who should answer our demands, not only the interests of big business." VARIOUS OF UNITED NATIONS POLICE FORMING HUMAN CHAIN TO PUSH PROTESTERS BACK PROTESTER SHOUTING "We are being still, we are not moving, we are being pushed." MORE U.N. POLICE PUSHING PROTESTERS BACK PROTESTERS BEING LED OUT OF COP25 VENUE JOURNALISTS AND OBSERVERS FILMING
- Embargoed: 25th December 2019 16:00
- Keywords: Climate accord change
- Location: MADRID, SPAIN
- City: MADRID, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Environment,Climate Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B9J8UO7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Some 100 demonstrators staged a protest on Wednesday (December 11) at the United Nations climate talks in Madrid, calling on leaders to take action on climate change and for indigenous voices to be heard.
The protesters, who numbered about 100 and chanted slogans such as "shame" as ministers and delegates met nearby, were met by United Nations police who formed a human chain to push the protesters back.
One U.N. policeman pulled accreditations from around protester's necks and snatched a protest banner from one of them, television footage showed.
"There was clear repression here in the sense that they tried to make our voices quiet. They want to silence us," said Karin Nansen, the Chair of Friends of the Earth International.
"The people (who were protesting) were corralled and they couldn't move. We won't let them revoke our accreditations, we have a right as people to protest. That is democracy," she added.
The protest was a rare intrusion of visceral emotion into the usually sedate annual two-week U.N. climate talks which run in the Spanish capital until Dec. 13.
(Production: Carlos Carrillo, Omar Younis)
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