Dozens arrested at climate summit

2009-12-16 10:39

Danish police tear-gassed and arrested more than 150

demonstrators who had set alight barricades outside a giant Copenhagen squat,

police said.

Demonstrators threw petrol bombs at police who tried to move in and

put out the fires and responded by launching tear gas.

Police with dogs then entered the Christiania squat, detaining

“between 150 and 200” people, said police spokesman Henrik Suhr.

“We entered into Christiania to pursue individuals who had built

the barricades, set alight the fires in the streets and threw fire bombs at our

police officers before taking refuge in Christiania,” he explained.

A large number of Danish and foreign climate activists participated

on Monday in a party in Copenhagen’s “free city” of Christiania, a refuge for

hippies and artists since the 1970s.

A witness interviewed on TV2 News said police had blocked all the

exits from Christiania and then fired tear gas and raided the tent where the

party was taking place.

Police earlier Monday made 17 arrests at a rally attended by more

than 1?000 climate activists demanding the opening of borders to climate


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