Peaceful Turned Violent Rally Disturbs Climate Change Meet in Copenhagen
Like in any other meetings where world leaders gather, a dash of violence is always in attendance.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference is currently being held in Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark. It will run from December 7-18, 2009. People across the globe held peaceful rallies to inform the world that immediate and decisive actions should be made to effectively reverse the worsening condition of the environment. In Copenhagen alone, the number of people in attendance is estimated to be between 40,000 to 100,000.
However, near the end of the demonstration, a group of masked people, mostly youth, threw cobblestones at the windows of the former stock exchange buildings and foreign ministry buildings.
A total of 968 people were detained by the Danish police because of the incident. Around 19 were charged for carrying pocket knives and wearing masks. Two injuries were reported: a cop who was hurt from a hurled rock and a protestor during the confusion of the riot at the time the fireworks erupted.
Almost all of the detained protesters were already released.
For the conference, a call to lower gas emissions between 25% to 45% of the 1990 levels by 2020 was proposed. Leaders from the European Union told developing countries that it will be willing to loan of 7.5 billion euros to help them cope with the climate change.