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Marginalised, inside and out

This morning, the UN climate negotiations have been partially suspended, again. The African countries, supported by other developing nations, have walked out in protest at being marginalised and excluded from the real deal-brokering. I’m going to a press conference soon to find out what’s going on.

Meanwhile, protests continue to rock the streets of Copenhagen. I just got back from a noisy, powerful Tar Sands demo with the Indigenous Environmental Network outside the Canadian Embassy - more on that soon.

While there, I met up with a couple of friends who, I discovered, had been pre-emptively detained yesterday by the cops whilst taking part in a peaceful protest. They still had red marks on their wrists from the plastic handcuffs. One of them was put in a cage and pepper sprayed whilst inside - extraordinary treatment in a European democracy.

But the protests continue, and apparently are making delegates inside the Bella Centre nervous. Here’s a film made by my partners in crime Margo, Ellie and Mike during the climate march on Saturday, showing why people have come here from all over the world.

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