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Copenhagen protests dwindle

By Anthony Faiola

COPENHAGEN--Thursday saw smaller, more peaceful demonstrations than the violent protests on Wednesday that drew tear gas, pepper spray and police batons to the convention center where historic climate talks are underway.

But organizers warned that larger protests could resume Friday, when conference organizers hope that world leaders--including President Obama--will overcome their differences and hammer out a climate accord.

"Whatever they do, it is not going to be enough," said Kevin Smith, a spokesman for Climate Justice Action, the environmental movement organizing the protests. "The groups here may spontaneously take to the streets again in large numbers once they see what the leaders have come up with."

Smith said as many as 4,000 to 5,000 protesters massed outside the talks Wednesday, clashing at times with Danish police. On Thursday, only several hundred activists -- many demonstrating against issues unrelated to climate change -- used bullhorns and hoisted signs in front of the convention center.


Anthony Faiola

 |  December 17, 2009; 7:44 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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