Greenpeace activists arrested at COP 17

2011-12-05 11:11

Durban - Seven Greenpeace campaigners were arrested on the sidelines of the UN climate conference on Monday as they protested against corporate responsibility for carbon emissions.

The six were detained as they tried to hang a banner reading "Listen to the People, not the Polluters" at a Durban hotel where a "Global Business Day", hosted by business organisations, was taking place.

The protest aimed at a so-called "Dirty Dozen" corporations which Greenpeace says are pulling political strings to stifle progress toward a global climate deal.

The incident happened outside Durban's International Conference Centre (ICC), which has been declared UN territory for the duration of the 12-day marathon.

Police confirmed that the activists have been arrested, but could not confirm what was written on the flag.

"I can confirm that seven Greenpeace environmental activists have been arrested for trespassing," Colonel Vish Naidoo said.


They allegedly entered the Marine Parade hotel on Durban's beachfront and attempted to put up a flag, he said.

"I don't know what was written on the flag."

The talks in Durban are taking place under the flag of the 194-nation UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The forum has drawn 15 000 people, including government delegates, campaigners, business and the media.

The meeting, ending on Friday, has been struggling to make headway on apportioning curbs in greenhouse-gas emissions, blamed for dangerous climate change.

Greenpeace activists are attending COP 17 talks in the city. Greenpeace was not immediately available to comment.

  • Poloyatonki - 2011-12-05 11:20

    Where were this Greenpeace activists when the Dinosaurs needed them the most?

      Shadoz66 - 2011-12-05 11:38

      your a idiot. A astoroid ended the lives of the dinosaurs. Or wait Donkey was it the white mans fault?

      Poloyatonki - 2011-12-05 11:47

      Shadoz66 Why are you bringing race into this?

      Werner - 2011-12-05 12:26

      @Poloyatonki I think the joke's on YOU, friend.

      ianmichaelcalder - 2011-12-05 12:51

      When insulting someone online, the little things matter. For instance, you could spell "you are/you're" correctly, as opposed to saying "your", which indicates possession.

  • Larry - 2011-12-05 11:20

    ANything to do with the environment has always attracted the loony fringe. COP17 is no different. Hot Air and loony tunes.

      Justin - 2011-12-05 12:31

      @Modefan. If you earn so much, you should bloody well get back to work. At least greenpeace bums are trying to do something positive, not surfing the net while screwing the poor...

      Neill - 2011-12-05 12:51

      these tree-huggers are a funny lot!

  • Donovan-John - 2011-12-05 11:47

    larry ... I disagree!!! And really dislike the way you make a gross (and false) generalisation. The real Loonies are those who stand by and allow corporates to pollute, destroy communities and take advantage of labour while these corporates make millions of profit on that which belongs to us all! I commend these guys risking arrest for the sake of Environmental responsibility!

      Larry - 2011-12-05 11:55

      What do you disagree with, the Looney Fringe (a small component) or the Hot Air from the delegates, which on its own is enough to warm the atmosphere?

      Vaughan - 2011-12-05 12:00

      bla bla bla

      Donovan-John - 2011-12-05 12:04

      I disagree with u about the Looney Fringe - although I must agree with u on the Hot Air regarding the delegates :) I wonder how much pollution there was shipping the delegates in. Thereafter having talks that are likely to see no changes, as corporates play their bargaining power and nation states fail to commit to an agreement i.e. all talk no action!

      Modefan - 2011-12-05 12:05

      I work for those coporates, and I really like the salary they pay screw greenpeace, i got bills to pay

      Breedlike - 2011-12-05 12:12

      You hippies are a bunch of hippiecrates, you complain about the corporates but then you use electricity,cars and pc's etc. Just go hug some tree's please and stop whining.

      Werner - 2011-12-05 12:22

      Some of these 'activists' might make good points, but a lot of them are just bored, jobless folk who are dying to latch onto SOMETHING interesting.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-12-05 12:23

      World leaders will never be involved in something that they will never make money from.... Nothing will come out of COP17.

      Ann - 2011-12-05 13:42

      Well said Donovan-John on both your comments. I have to admit there is something very wrong about all the 'big wigs' arriving tomorrow in private jets. That just makes a mockery of the whole conference. They should be video conferencing throughout the world for this type of conference. That would really reduce the carbon footprint!

  • Rohin - 2011-12-05 12:02

    they should just pass out and claim to be too ill to be charged/arrested.

  • Ron - 2011-12-05 12:43

    these crazy white hippies

      richard.hipkin - 2011-12-05 13:29

      Unlike the crazy black hippies who chained themselves to the gates of the new coal power station right??

      Ron - 2011-12-05 14:25

      Pointblank, must you be so racist

  • Dirk - 2011-12-05 13:04

    Most people have no comprehension of the seriousness of the environmental problems we are facing and the intricate balance that exist between humans and nature. Yes I'll admit, they (GP) sometimes go a bit over the top, but at least they're not just accepting the fate we are dealing our lifeline, which is nature that offers us crucial ecosystem services (without which you would have no fresh water to drink, no clean air to breath, almost no medicine etc etc...) and resources critical to our very existence. We should all think a bit harder and definitely a lot further than our bank accounts... Money won’t help your children if there is nothing left to buy....

      Brian - 2011-12-05 13:22

      Sensible comments, Dirk. All well and good arresting protesters, I guess, if they broke a law or two, but when are they going to arrest the corporate fat cats who are systematically and greedily destroying the planet upon which we live? It seems those responsible for fracking up the planet get away with it simply because they are prepared to TALK about it! Our ecological balance is in serious jeopardy. The biggest mistake made so far was to refer to the phenomenon as 'global warming' when in actual fact it is climate change. Some areas are warmer, some are cooler. Some are drier, some are wetter. A miniscule rise in ocean temperature wreaks havoc with weather patterns. But never mind - the fat cats get fatter - GreenPeace goes to jail for their beliefs. A fracked up world to be sure.

      JudithNkwe - 2011-12-05 16:02

      Too true Dirk and money won't help children if there's no clean water to drink and SA is nearly there given the seriousness of water pollution in the country

  • comurray - 2011-12-05 13:07

    With all the hot air being generated by delegates at COP17 just imagine how Durban's climate is changing daily. I suppose it could not get any worse than it is at present.

  • Peter - 2011-12-05 17:15

    well she looks quiet hot!!!!!

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