Protest outside COP 17 hall

2011-12-09 17:16
Durban - A group of about 60 protesters blocked the corridor leading to the hall where negotiations were taking place at the COP 17 climate change conference in Durban on Friday.

They held up posters reading: "Don't kill Africa" and "stand strong Africa".

A line of United Nations security personnel in blue shirts stood in front of them.

The protesters were not violent, but were noisy, chanting slogans such as "we need a deal in Durban to happen now" and "seal the deal now".

They also started singing Shosholoza and clapping their hands.

The Greenpeace banner "Listen to the people not the polluters" could be seen at the front of the group.

Hundreds of delegates gathered on the stairwells and escalators to watch the protest.

It took place on the last day of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change where talks have taken place to stop the world slipping into a situation where global temperatures rise more than 2°C.

Politicians and senior officials at the international high-level talks reportedly haggled into the early hours of Friday morning.

So far, they have failed to strike a deal on either an extension of the Kyoto Protocol, or the formal establishment of the Green Climate Fund, two items on the Africa Group's bottom line for the conference.

There was talk that negotiations would end only on Saturday.
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