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Activists, including Australia’s Climate Guardians, still protesting in Paris, despite State of Emergency

logo-Climate-GuardiansSome activist groups plan to march at the Place de la Republic in defiance of the state of emergency. Others are looking for creative ways to make their point whilst staying within the bounds of the law.Among them are the Climate Guardians, Australian activists dressed as angels to highlight the stewardship of natural resources.

COP21: Security crackdown in Paris sees climate change protesters under house arrest, ABC News 29 Nov 15 By Melissa Clarke in Paris French climate change activists have been placed under house arrest ahead of the opening of the UN climate change conference in Paris.

Public demonstrations are banned in France under the state of emergency that was declared after the Paris terrorist attacks two week ago, in which 130 people were killed.

Green groups have described the move as “an abuse of power” but the French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the activists were suspected of planning violent protests……

A delegation of environmental organisations met with French president Francois Hollande to appeal against the measures.

Greenpeace International’s executive Director Kumi Naidoo said he was “disappointed” that France’s political leadership would “choose to enable sporting events, trade exhibitions and other arts and culture events to go ahead, but with such a clamp down on the space for the biggest issue humanity faces”.

The climate talks will see world leaders gather to try to come to an agreement on reducing global greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2020.

Major public rallies planned for this weekend were cancelled, forcing international green groups to focus on marches in major cities around the world, instead of in Paris.

Some activist groups plan to march at the Place de la Republic in defiance of the state of emergency.

Others are looking for creative ways to make their point whilst staying within the bounds of the law.

Among them are the Climate Guardians, Australian activists dressed as angels to highlight the stewardship of natural resources.

One of the “angels”, Zoe Buckley Lennox, believes it is “absurd” to ban public protests and put restrictions on the people who had planned them.

“I was quite shocked … the fact they have gone so far as to target these organisers who are clearly organising for the climate talks, specifically targeting them, when it’s obviously not anything to do with terrorism, it’s about climate change,” she said.

“It’s ridiculous. We obviously are going to respect the laws that are happening at the moment but at the same time we need to get these voices out no matter what situation we’re in.”

French environmentalists plan to place shoes along the route of a cancelled march to make their point. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-29/climate-protesters-banned-in-paris-security-crackdown/6983870

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November 30, 2015 - Posted by | General News

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