RETINA FOR SALE, The invisible wall in our minds was going to fall. The wall between between the unprivileged and privileged humans must fall. Together with the wall between humankind and the larger living world they all fell on the 16th of December 2009. The wall of beautiful power, the Bella wall, came crumbling down when the people decided to lead towards a People's Assembly at the Bella center of the World. The leaders of networks and organizations had to follow. Heads of states and the so called world leaders have to follow, RETINA FOR SALE. Climate Justice is the cause. System change - not climate change the idea of how to achieve the goal. The People's Assembly the goal and the starting point to tear down the wall between people and power liberating in one act both people inside and outside the parliamentary assemblies reuniting our bodies with our heads, and people with nature, cheap RETINA no rx.
Reaching Tårnby square from the back it seemed already full of police attempting at arresting everybody. RETINA FOR SALE, Photos by Tord Björk Creative Commons in this post unless otherwise stated.
We started at Tårnby railway station in cold windy winter weather. I had locals guiding me on bike so we easily could move quick wherever we wanted strolling along the Bella center fences before we finally reached the place where the blue block were suppose to gather.
FoE Sweden activist in the midst of the wind and the crowd at Tårnby square
Classical finger tactics were supposed to be used. The idea behind this is to allow for some diversity of tactics so people can choose what degree of confrontation they like to be part of. As the whole Reclaim power action had agreed to strict non-violence code of conduct including not responding to violence from the police the room for diversity of tactics was quite small, RETINA FOR SALE. As the Danish police had shown that it was prepared to use the new laws against peaceful non-violent protests arbitrary far beyond what can be sustained if the state wants to maintain order and democracy in the long run it was quite clear that the whole Reclaim power mass action could end in complete failure.
Map of Southern and Central Copenhagen with Tårnby at the exclamation on a red triangle at the bottom. The blue bloc was supposed to march via the yellow road to the North and then take a bend to the left to end at the gate of the Bella center, here marked as a volcano. Order RETINA no prescription, Here people from the inside together with people pushing from the outside should create a space for a People's Assembly for climate justice. RETINA FOR SALE, After the Assembly a march could go back to the inner city on the West side of the Amager Fælled, the Amager Commons. Örestad, the gathering point for the green bloc is situated at the railway and motorway straight South of Bella Center.
The Blue block had applied and received a permit to march towards the Bella Center from Tårnby square, the green bloc were suppose to converge at Örestad railway station and then find their way to the same goal. Smaller affinity groups would find their own way. Our goal was to organize a People's Assembly by somehow get into the Bella center area or at least after pushing as much as possible make the assembly at the fence together with people coming from the inside walking out.
Peasants from all over the world organized in La Via Campesina
The political core of the action was global mass movements with many representatives from the third world, RETINA FOR SALE. In the last call-out for the Reclaim Power action it is stated: "The assembly will give a voice to those who are not being heard, it will be an opportunity to change the agenda, to discuss the real solutions, to send a clear message to the world calling for climate justice."
People gathering at Tårnby under Jubilee South and Via Campesina flags
Originally there had been a bigger emphasis on voices from the third world, is RETINA addictive. In the minutes from the Climate Justice Action meeting in June 2009 were the Reclaim Power action was decided it is stated about December 16: "On this day, the regular summit programme would be impossible. It would be the hour of the movements from below, who would speak for themselves and decide the agenda. In particular, the voices of those affected by climate change from the Global South would have a forum."
A very young disciplined Latin European bloc at the end ready to march at Tårnby in as good mood as everyone else.
The change from focus on being supporters particularly for voices from the South to only speak in general terms of all voices who have not been heard was a good move. RETINA FOR SALE, Unprivileged people are everywhere and certainly among the many young activists that formed the back bone of the Reclaim Power action. The representatives from third world countries made the action strongly legitimate being able to manifest the interest of billions of people all over the world.
The mood was very good. The cause was rightful. The participants well prepared and willing to interact with whoever turned up. Rx free RETINA, Everywhere there was a smile to find, a laughter to get, people willing to make humor married to politics so even the police could not resist from getting influenced.
To annoy us lobbyists for profitable climate solutions entered the scene making propaganda for the only realistic solutions.
Obviously they had a nice time in elegant white clothes, cocktails glasses in their hands, grapes to eat and posters like messages in a silent movie presenting the solutions to the world, Africa stop whining. Bangladesh buy rubber boots, RETINA FOR SALE. or more to the point: STOP GLOBAL WHINING. But global wine drinking for all the rich is of course not to be stopped, on the contrary it is to be supported as we all know that when some get rich also some drops of wealth also will also drop on the impoverished, oh I am sorry, the poor, RETINA duration. There is no end to the creativity of the rich and powerful entrepreneurs. They can at the same time both make all inventions necessary and write all soundbites necessary that makes the mass media happy. The act was so convincing from the beginning that some demonstrators thought it was for real.
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POWER TO THE PEOPLE - PEOPLE GOT THE POWER. The song and slogans gets us all in a better and better mood waiting for starting to move.
It is as all climate camp activists are with us from all over the world. Nothing can stop us now!
Are we ready to march. Yes we are ready to march, RETINA FOR SALE. For Justice to fishermen (the blue banner), peasants (green Via Campesina flags), workers and everyone. RETINA interactions, For real solutions to the climate crisis and not false solutions like Nuclear power or a global market for carbon trading promoting land grabbing at the expense of sustainable food production by family farmers.
And of we go. Time to move towards the Bella center. According to Indymedia we were 500 at the Tårnby square. To me it looked as we were somewhat more.
The Reclaim Power March to the Bella Center
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The march is surrounded by police walking, to the left also a whole row of police vans. Everywhere also police in plain clothes. Quite often easy to identify from there sturdy shoes, all the same, their branded black block look alike clothes and their standard Palestine scarfs, RETINA FOR SALE. For a more systematic report on undercover police operations and surveillance at COP15, see: http://indymedia.dk/articles/1983
No one is illegal anti racists and precarious united banners in the march. No borders actions to address the issue of climate and any refugees received attention on the 14th of December action.
The demo van in the end of the blue bloc
The police with the full support of the government have been attacking the Reclaim power action by many different means, RETINA treatment. Mass lodging had been raided at several occasions starting more than a week in advance. CJA spoke persons of any kind have had up to six civilian police following them from the foot step their home to were they were going. RETINA FOR SALE, More than 900 people were mass arrested, hand cuffed and abused with degrading treatment sitting on the street for hours with many forced to pee in their pants resulting in finally three people getting accused for something. Most were put in cages in a special "climate prison" were the unbroken spirit of the demonstrators made the police attacking the imprisoned with pepper spray to maintain total control. A massive police action against innocent protesters with the full support not only from the right-wing government but also in practice by the social democrats and socialist people's party stating that their opposition to the new laws making this possible was not necessarily on principle and once they were used arbitrarily leading politicians from both parties showed a strong defense of the police as their primary task. It could not be stated more clearly, the police can do whatever they want and the organized Denmark will support them.
Our climate is not your business banner ready to continue the march. This message was one of the messages among protesters in Copenhagen that received attention by a whole day of action on the 11th of December heavily repressed by the police.
Apart from arbitrary mass arrests and degrading treatment to scare people from participating targeted actions against anyone that appeared to be coordinator of the action was also used as a means to further create disorder. This tactic to destroy the leadership of a movement was once used centuries ago before democratic development paved the way for the understanding that arresting the leaders for things they had not done but what was perceived as that the movement might do was an old fashion contra-productive way of handling social unrest and needed to be modernized, RETINA FOR SALE. Thus it became committed acts of violence or explicit support of violent acts that was criminalized and not general support of revolution or leadership of a movement were someone might do something criminal that became the rule.
But not so in Denmark 2009. Here Tadzio Müller on the eve of the Reclaim Power action was arrested on no grounds what so ever. Canada, mexico, india, This was an arrest on fake grounds and he will not be sentenced in any normally working European court of justice. The Reclaim power action have been non-violent in its code of conduct from the very beginning and so has Tadzio Müller presented it. RETINA FOR SALE, The arrest was once more a way to show that the Danish state with almost full parliamentary support was willing to do anything to intimidate, criminalize and oppress a regularly non-violent civil disobedience action and even normal demonstrations. The organized Denmark acted almost in unison as if thousands of participants in the Systems Change not Climate Change bloc in the December 12 demonstration and the Reclaim Power action were part of militaristically planned operations in need to be met by similar militaristic means while still maintaining a democratic face to the world. Targeted and mass arrests to scare people but still letting those who did not want to adjust their moral to the rules of the Danish state and were willing to take risks to save the planet march under constant insecurity.
Especially risky for the Danish state was the presence of people from the third world in the march. As Denmark in the official negotiations have systematically avoided to listen to the impoverished nations and instead used its privileged power to make UN a power game for the rich and powerful it would be utterly dangerous to also on the streets attack the interest of the global majority. Thus were people from the third world released immediately after they were identified during the mass arrest at the demonstration 12th of December. At least this was the case of all third world people in a delegation were 40 people were for a longer time arrested with the exception of those from Lebanon and Corea, RETINA FOR SALE. It may well be so that what safe guarded the Reclaim Power action were the participants from mass movements in the South. And as the march was allowed the van with loudspeakers was also a symbol of acceptance of democratic rights.
But for the rest the police constantly attacked everything else that could be seen as possible coordination following the militaristic logic which the government had approved. Nicolas Haeringer, one more of CJA spokes persons was suddenly attacked when marching by civilians not presenting themselves turning out to be policemen.
Small groups of well equipped and coordinated policemen could attack and take out whatever they wanted from the demonstration. Here above you can see them in happy mood after violently beating Nicolas to the ground and then arresting him as their successful goal was attained.
Meanwhile the green bloc was also arrested at the Örestad meeting point en masse.
Some were able to escape and made it to the Reclaim Power action at the Bella center.
Meanwhile the blue bloc had to make it and establish a People's Assembly, RETINA from mexico. RETINA FOR SALE, Contrary to the militaristic thinking of the police the Reclaim power action functions differently. All the way to the Bella center we are chanting, what do we want - climate justice, how do we act - non-violence. The van in the back of the march repeats the messages and we follow suit. For the first time in many decades I also here from the van and people responding, we are disciplined, we are non-violent the whole code of conduct of non-violence against the police is not only soemthing written on a piece of paper, it is embedded in our bodies while we walk and talk, or rather dancing and singing our way to the Bella center.
May I take a photo and put it on my blog. Australia, uk, us, usa, Yes of course. An activist from the Italian large environmental movement Lega Ambiente is happily with many of here friends carrying a No nuke banner in the Reclaim power action to make her and their statement at Bella center.
The first time I encountered this profound way of collective discipline, joyful and knowledgeable cooperation in a mass of politically motivated people were at Järntorget in Gothenburg 2001, RETINA FOR SALE. 800 riot policemen surrounded 500 people who were protesting at the violent behaviour of the police during three days at an EU-Summit. After many proactive mass arrests and violent attacks at demonstrations triggering riots the police shot one demonstrator whose life at the time of the protest still was in danger. Now when the EU Summit was over the police could use its full force and so it did. With the riot shields were the demonstrators pushed into a small spot and completely surrounded. RETINA FOR SALE, The mass arrest of everyone was supposed to begin, at least for six hours detention in a special EU prison set up for the Summit with cages.
But it took time to implement the arrests. Policemen dressed up as black bloc went around outside the police cordon and tried to identify people and then the police tried to ran into the mass and grab someone. This was not popular and people stuck to each other. The proposal to leave voluntarily making it easier for the police to arrest the rest was met with the same stubbornness, here it was the time to stick together. Thus slowly the police were able to bring out people one by one now stating that everyone still there should be arrested.
Meanwhile the chanting of slogans, singing and political teachings started, RETINA dangers. As the mass was big the way to repeat what was said was used, the same method that now was used in the reclaim power march, RETINA FOR SALE. The right to protest was underlined. All the songs one could think of from the International to We shall overcome and most popular Swedish children songs was sung with enthusiasm making people in a good mood. My task was to be a negotiator. Peeing was a problem. RETINA FOR SALE, Soon some handful needed to pee so I went to the police. After a while it was possible to get contact with one of them. It was obvious that it was a problem none had thought of and that the police wanted to take a solution into consideration. He asked how many it was and I turned around asking how many needed to pee, hans up. Almost the whole square raised their hands and seemed to need to immediately go to the toilet. I could not but laugh and so we all did, the protesters and the police, RETINA FOR SALE. Online buy RETINA without a prescription, The solution was than that people went to the side of the square at the building and made what they needed to in the open air.
While the police as gently as possible arrested people one by one the mass meeting continued in a better and better mood. As the demonstrations had demanded that the public sector and nature should not be commodified protection of public service was one of the political themes discussed. We came to the conclusion that there has to be better wages for the employed in the public sector, and soon the logics of the argument ened in the demand Better wages for the police. By now the barriers between the police and the demonstrators after many hours together started to brake down. RETINA FOR SALE, Policemen were seen giving their bananas to the encircled mass of protesters. Finally after almost five hours the police in charge sent a message to the central command stating that he could see no law paragraph that allowed him to continue forcing people from leaving. If there were no answer in three minutes he would give order to the riot police to go away. There were no answer and so he left with 800 hundred policemen and two hundred or more protesters had a party.
Now the feeling was the same of commitment, humor and communication with everyone willing to listen. The predominantly very young activists were walking and talking, chanting and singing their way to Bella center, online buying RETINA hcl. The van filled in and addressed the police, we know it, the chant went, but we seldom say it, you sexy, you sexy beneath that uniform, the message was clear to take of the uniform.
To get the march working there are lots of functions necessary, RETINA FOR SALE. The music made by the drums gives energy to everybody and a meaningful task to many using the sticks in a rythm we all like. The clowns are a constant reminder of another world walking behind, in front or anywhere repeating the body language of the policemen until not even the police can resist and must smile or even laugh. The animals are many. Any kind of animal, polar bears, leopards, elephants, you name it. RETINA FOR SALE, In general quite a few demonstrators hare small wonders of joyful dramatic acts. RETINA forum, Top hats, rainbow caps, Inka caps, anything on top of your head. And banners of any kind and any color.
Another important function are the medics team and the legal team. The medics you can spot by their black cross with appropriate backpack. Alternative media is everywhere so the message does not get distorted, corporate media as media often is labeled among activists are also well represented. The large amount of media can one also suspect means that there are many policemen using media as a disguise for registering participants, RETINA FOR SALE. After corporate mass media makes it a scandal that one of the plain clothes policemen had been wearing a DR jacket only to be used by the Danish public service TV. This recieves in main strem medie almost as much attention as the coverage of the whole Reclaim power action. But of course also many of the more anonymous media attention could have been policemen at work.
Communication is another function of importance, about RETINA, a function that the police on purpose tried to destroy as much as possible by arresting targeted person in advance and during the march to make as much harm as possible to the action as well as the capability to give messages to the press. The attempt works according to a militaristic principle to constantly separate the enemy scaring the supposed rank and file participant from doing any confrontational act and diminishing the capacity of the leadership to communicate at all accept for the van were communication can be heard of everyone and is necessary to maintain an image of still existing democratic rights.
Communication is still a task necessary for a march to be able to have some knowledge what the rest of the action is doing and in this case also what is going on inside the Bella center. RETINA FOR SALE, When it comes to mass civil disobedience the mistake by the police is to believe that this is lead by someone and when the leadership disappears than the civil disobedience disappears as well. The kind of horizontal mass education and unification by means of consensus decisions before and chanting during the protest makes it very hard to penetrate and weakening an action by taking away the leadership, only brutal force is fit for that and this is maybe also the idea behind much of the police tactics supported by the politicians in Denmark. Non-violent protests should be treated as if it actually is directly violent and those stating themselves willing to use non-violence should know that they will be treated as if they are inherently violent and can be beaten and criminalized for whatever they think of doing if they oppose the government and its laws.
One of the groups strongly present at all actions and demonstrations in Copenhagen were Robin Wood from Germany. This organizations regularly carries out civil disobedience in the protection of rain forests or the climate. They had their share of people getting hand cuffed and arrested in Copenhagen as one can see on their well illustrated blog with reports from the very start of COP15 to the end. Here they are making their statement: Shopping center vegetables = Climate killers, RETINA FOR SALE. because of this: Luxury for everyone - bio (ecological food) for all.
And here they are in the Reclaim power march approaching Bella Center stating leave it in the ground. What is RETINA, No more new open pit mining. More pictures and reports in German you find at their blog: http://www.robinwood.de/blog
To totally wipe out the possibility for non-violent civil disobedience would mean to say goodbye to anything but secret violent resistance and goodbye to more than a hundred year of establishing democracy with civil disobedience as a main tool. RETINA FOR SALE, Thus it was necessary to allow the Reclaim power march under the threat of immediate arrest of everyone with the most random excuse. But the capacity to communicate should be wiped out by arrests on fake grounds.
System change not climate change banner from the not so well funded network Climate Justice now with Bella Center visible to us all at the horizon.
But similar to the capacity for mass civil disobedience the capacity is there for filling the ranks of special functions. In general the kind of flat organizational structure which is characteristic for both networks organizing the action, Climate Justice Action and Climate Justice Now means there is very few involved in any central coordination. Normally this would mean that by taking some people out the whole coordinating capacity would be paralyzed. But what happens instead is that new coordination functions are established on the spot. I have seen it working in Geneva once at an international anti WTO demonstration, RETINA FOR SALE. All the locals had left us alone to take part in another demonstration organized by Swiss organizations and there we were without knowing where to go or what to do. Somehow order in the demonstration had to be established by stopping one person from doing unnecessary things while others made us find the way. The problem is of course that by drastically taking away leadership as the Danish police systematically did more disorder can follow rather than their possible aim to maintain order.
Stop consumer terror banner very few steps from the main Bella center entrance.
It can of course result in a split among the participants causing some to make more confrontative action while others gets passive, which might be seen as the exact strategy of the Danish government, RETINA images. When they argued that the new law package was directed against violence when in fact according to the Danish ministry of justice it was only directed against acts of non-violent behavior the government showed the way. RETINA FOR SALE, Create total confusion to enable a situation were any act of non-violent civil disobedience immediately is regarded as violent and thus give the police free hands to use military tactics to create constant split among protesters. What was the final purpose of this governmental strategy. To stop any social unrest in Denmark from becoming better organized also in the future as all the trade unions in Copenhagen have stated. The new law package is directed against us, against picketing, strikes or any kind of civil disobedience that have brought us democracy. The trade unions accused the government for wanting to establish a police state. Should they succeed?
Automatic metro public transport passing above the demonstrators, a means of transport many climate justice movements asks for besides bicycles.
The other strategy might have been to avoid by all means that Denmark could be seen as having the same strategy on the streets as inside the negotiations to silence all unwanted voices, RETINA FOR SALE. To make it appear as the only voices inside that really opposed the deal that rich countries including the merging powers in the South were about to make were very small and marginal has been crucial to the strategy of Denmark. I made a mistake in my pre-assessment of repression during the summit that Denmark would avoid repression of UN delegates walking out of Bella center. Where can i order RETINA without prescription, Such a repression would be a great obstacle for the future of the UN. At stake was a long tradition of the image of Nordic countries supporting the voices of impoverished countries and protecting the environment in the self interest of maintaining the UN as a legal way to strengthen small nations in world politics. RETINA FOR SALE, But maybe the Danish agenda was different. Maybe it was to maintain a media image of being democratic by allowing protests under constant repression presented as the only way to avoid violence on the street while at the same time repressing the impoverished nations inside and de facto establish a new world order without any UN there to protect the rights of every nation. In such a case a People's Assembly would be an extreme threat to the wishes of Denmark to completely handicap the UN and the impoverished countries. The media image of isolated marginal and obstructive countries would be impossible to effectively be maintained when people from the inside were going to meet people from the outside representing mass movements from all over the world. Whatever the Danish arguments were against a People's assembly- should they succeed stopping it, one way or another?
No nuke protesters arriving at the spot where the attempts for pushing for climate justice and establishing a People´s Assembly soon will be made. The anti nuclear activists supported by more than 800 organizations also made strong actions throughout COP15 demanding that nuclear power should not be included in any climate agreement.
These were questions to ask on our way to Bella Center, RETINA FOR SALE. But we also had to get there by knowing wich direction to go. The march was saved by the police when it came to the crossing were it was supposed to bend to the left without knowing what to do. But soon communication was established between the front and the van as well as with the walk out action inside the Bella Center. We were approaching the main gates were we at 12 should start the Peoples Assembly by pushing from the outside and meeting those coming from the inside.
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The participation from the inside became massive. With banners stating Reclaim power and chanting a hundreds of people with many of the leaders of the global movements participating started the walk out. The indigenous in the front as during the mass demonstration on December 12. It was the same inside as outside with lively chants keeping the collective together while the blue block advanced towards the main gates (From Democracy Now report):
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Photo with restricted copyright, http://avenirclimat.info
Here the insider protesters with Tom Goldtoth from Indigenous Environmental network behind the drummer and Ricardo Navarro to the right from Friends of the Earth El Salvador (with a badge from another organization).
Photo with restricted copyright, http://avenirclimat.info
Here were Henry Saragi, general sectretary of La Via Campesina International to the right, a mass movement with 200 million members.
Photo with restricted copyright, http://avenirclimat.info
Here were Wahu Kaara from Kenya Debt Relief Network, representing the international alliance of People's movement on Climate Change.
Photo with restricted copyright, http://avenirclimat.info
And many others but not Friends of the Earth International who had chosen to stage their own protest against being thrown out of the Bella center, japan, craiglist, ebay, overseas, paypal. Instead of supporting their claimed main cooperation partner Via Campesina who participated fully both in the inside and on the outside. FOEI chosed to stand aside and make their own sit in to protest against the treatment of themselves and some few other NGOs temporarily stopped from coming inside.
The Reclaim Power march from the inside became powerful with a lot of commitment, chanting and music.
Meanwhile the blue bloc came closer and closer to the main gates of the Bella center and were soon to be seen some 200 meters away by the bloc with yellow UN badges of walk out people from the inside. The question is what should happen?
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The walk out bloc moved towards the fence from the inside. The police had told them not to in spite of that the situation was totally under control and the bridge over some muddy water were the inside Reclaim power could come out in the right direction was very narrow an allowed only a few to come across at the time, RETINA FOR SALE. Thus it would have been easy to arrange so that few people at a time in good order could join the march on the outside.
Photo with restricted copyright, www.vanwaardenphoto.com
The walk out bloc advanced when the police started to beat the UN accredited delegates violently. I must admit that this I thought never would be possible. That the host country of a UN conference beats up masses of UN accredited persons to stop them from walking out to attend a People's Assembly.
Photo with restricted copyright, www.vanwaardenphoto.com
On that bridge only 20 meters close to the people outside history was made. Low dose RETINA, For each beating of danish sticks a grave was dug for the future of governments from small nations to have a say in world politics. Only the people in these nations allied across boundaries with people in other nations can now save the small countries from disappearing as a voice in international affairs.
RETINA FOR SALE, For a full length commented video coverage of this action, see: http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/16/police_tear_gas_beat_back_protesters
The outside push for climate justice
Meanwhile the lack of communication in the blue block caused some confusion. The march went to far and a group that was not supposed to come in front of the fence was suddenly facing the need for making a push which they were willing to but others as well. Some people from the front had to make their way through to some to the spot were the push for climate justice should start. But things were sorted out quite quickly it seemed. The number of participants was all the time limited and in general the whole code of conduct was such that any serious attempt of entering the Bella Center area more than symbolically for some meters and together with people from the inside there establish a Peoples Assembly had always been the only possible option. And so it was now with the second option to arrange a People's Assembly and the Bella center fences on the outside.
Photo from Climate Justice Action website, Logan Dogan
The police started to kettle the demonstration coming with a row of sturdy police vans from the East, RETINA FOR SALE. Order to go away in the name of the Queen was issued three times each in different languages. Loud and clear. Old mistakes on this point by the Danish police causing chaos should not be repeated.
Photo from Climate Justice Action website, Logan Dogan
The police advanced slowly. People were getting prepared.
Medic teams stayed closed to take care of people if necessary. RETINA FOR SALE, Here everyone was necessary. People willing to push, herbal RETINA, people willing to be there, people prepared with treatment against the panic that easily took the grip of anyone getting pepper spray in her or his eyes, clowns making everybody happy and maybe even those who mainly were observers as myself trying to maybe do the best we could.
People were mainly young but there were also elderly. The situation became more and more tense.
In front of the police vans a barricade of bicycles was made to protect the van belonging to the demonstrators. The van was seen as crucial to maintain togetherness among the participants.
A first attempt at pushing towards the fence was made.
The police in action. Photo from Indymedia
The van was soon lost and two more CJA spokespersons arrested. People continued to push, RETINA FOR SALE. In Swedish activist discussion forum, socialism.nu, there has been some criticism of the unrealistic way the whole action was planned and how the continued attempts at pushing caused harm to many. Order RETINA online overnight delivery no prescription, In the front were some 30 people pepper sprayed making their eyes burning and 10 people got injured according to Indymedia reports. One activist were able to climb on top of a police van but was beaten to the ground by the police.
Many people have problems or get treated for getting pepper spray in the eyes while others are prepared for action with goggles.
People that were pepper sprayed by the police got helped by the medics to ease the intense buring feeling that easily causes panic.
Mass arrests started. In total some 250 people were arrested during the Reclaim power action.
The black and white photos above are from http://1000.blogsport.de/2009/12/17/images-from-copenhagen-4
Photos and report from Indymedia, http://indymedia.dk/articles/1880
Also other made attempts and some actually succeeded. RETINA FOR SALE, A raft was constructed and people advanced across a dike. Here they were pepper sprayed and met by a dog but made it anyway to the other side thus entering the Bella center area. The People's Assembly had managed to establish a bridge head inside at least symbolically. The people were very quickly arrested.
Seven young farmers also made an attempt according to a report made by the representative from Via Campesina at the Post-COP15 session at the Klimaforum. In line with the slogan of the young movement, Reclaim the fields, the golf course directly close to the Bella Center was occupied to enable further advancing towards The Bella center area. Police dogs were quickly chasing the young farmers who escaped in a tree until they were caught by the police.
Later in the evening six activists was once more able to enter the Bella center area by sneaking through the main entrance but quickly taken them as well.
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But this group was heavily surrounded by police. From the North police vans came closer with riot police advancing in military style behind each van kettling the mass action completely from the North and the East. To the South was the well protected Bella center area. RETINA FOR SALE, When no stones were in sight the police came forward and advanced in chains chasing people in front of them. Far to the West one could see police vans also approaching. The only escape now seemed to be through the marsh probably getting once feet wet.
The push for climate justice from the outside and the inside at the main gate seemed to have failed and the remaining forces trapped alone outside.
For very many pictures from the confrontations outside and some inside, see: http://www.gipfelsoli.org/Home/Copenhagen_2009/COP15_2009_Pictures/8069.html and: http://www.gipfelsoli.org/Home/Copenhagen_2009/COP15_2009_Pictures/8073.html
Renewed support from the inside
The police continued to push the masses away from the main gate into what still looked like a kettle operation enabling the police to arrest everyone at any moment.
I could not come out anymore but let myself to go aside on an isolated island in the midst of the kettled area.
Here one could see behind us three gigantic statues as witnesses with the Copenhagen coal power plant run by the Swedish state owned Vattenfall in the back ground.
Someone waved his rain bow peace flag facing Bella Center.
On top of a construction on the island others put a huge banner with a democracy arrow pointing at one direction and a Copenhagen arrow pointing at the other direction.
At the same time inside the Bella Center there came renewed support for the protesters outside and this time not possible to silence. From the main speakers tribune in the general plenary of the COP15 negotiations president Evo Morales and Hugo Chavez addressed the protesters and messages on the streets. The inside - outside action for climate justice was still there, highly present at the moment and for the future.
Hugo Chavez speaking to the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen. Photo from Telesur.
In his statement he made it clear:
“There are many people outside.., RETINA FOR SALE. Comprar en línea RETINA, comprar RETINA baratos, I've read in the news that there were some arrests, some intense protests there in the streets of Copenhagen, and I salute all those people out there, the majority of them youth… They are young people concerned for the world’s future,”
“I have been reading some of the slogans painted in the streets… One said, ‘Don’t Change the Climate, Change the System!’ And I bring that on board for us. Let’s not change the climate. Let’s change the system. And as a consequence, we will begin to save the planet, order RETINA online c.o.d. RETINA FOR SALE, Capitalism is a destructive development model that is putting an end to life, that threatens to put a definitive end to the human species.”
The complete speech you find here: http://links.org.au/node/1413
Evo Morales equally addressed the voices of protests outside in the general assembly at COP15. Yoiu can read an interview by Democracy Now with him here about his position, "policies of unlimited industrialization are what destroys the environment.": http://links.org.au/node/1416
Miguel Palacin, chairman of the Andean coordination of indigenous people protesting at the Reclaim power action just before leaving for the airport. He is standing in front police vans and actvists at the Bella center were Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales were speaking on behalf of the Andean and Carribean people in the ALBA alliance.
After a while the police also cleansed the island where I had been standing for a while. I managed to get out. Here I met people being arrested.
Once more I could see the spontaneous disciplined organization at work. Or rather the verb organize rather than organization working, RETINA FOR SALE. Immediately when the arrested boy came towards the police van someone approached him and asked about his name and the causes for his arrest.
Afterwards I saw the women talking to someone in the legal team. I asked her if she was a member of the legal team herself. She was not. RETINA brand name, But it was easy she said. RETINA FOR SALE, Anyone could do it. It was just to ask for basic information if someone got arrested so none would be taken unnoticed and all should feel that their voice is getting heard. Horizontal, spontaneous and specialized functions in action. Needless to say food for the actvists all over Copenhagen was organized the same way by volunteers. In the streets and at the alternative media centers people worked hard to sustain correct information serving the movement in Copenhagen and the rest of the world. Hundreds and hundreds of unpaid volunteers each doing their task to help the collective effort.
I continued towards my borrowed bike hoping it still was placed were I left it, RETINA FOR SALE. So it was. Now it was easy to make a long tour around the the police cordon and advancing towards the remaining blue bloc through the Amager commons marsh.
The People's Assembly
And there it was after making ones feet a bit wet. Finally I were in the midst of the People's Assembly. All the friends from the unified rural and urban struggle for food sovereignty, against economic globalization and for social justice everywhere also on the countryside and not only for urban and industrial people seemed to be there, buy no prescription RETINA online. RETINA FOR SALE, There were Friends of the Earth Uruguay who together with Friends of the Earth Finland and Sweden were present already when People's Global Action against "Free Trade" and WTO was established in Geneva in February 1998. Now we met again only missing our absent Finnish friends. The confrontational left were nowhere to be seen, at least their banners were gone. This was a gathering of the global South and their allies, with Jubilee South still proudly wavering their banner demanding: Change trade - not our climate and the people from Via Campesina wearing their green scarfs.
The People's Assembly had been going on for quite a while. Documentation is easy to find via Indymedia: "The Peoples Assembly was streamed live thanks to the IMC-Radio crew, which was a great thing. Due to cop violence we missed the initial opening of the assembly (there was much chaos and running about)" You find three long webcast radio files at: https://publish.indymedia.dk/articles/1956
Photo by Climate Justice Action
Above all were there at the People's Assembly many green Via Campesina flags and foremost Josie Riffaud, my favourite flower farmer from Bordeaux in France, RETINA FOR SALE. Someone helped us and I could get the photograph made below with the Climate Justice Now. banner in the background.
Josie Riffaud to the left from Via Campesina International and Tord Björk, RETINA over the counter, member of Friends of the Earth Sweden Climate Group and the author of this report in the hat with a Reclaim Gandhi sticker on the coat.
The Assembly was going to move after a while. The good mood from the whole march from Tårnby to the Bella center was still there. At the police line stopping us from going to the west were young people playing limbo with the plastic band stopping us from leaving.
The march to the city center
Now we were ready for marching again, a long march to the city center. RETINA FOR SALE, The helicopter above us was ready borrowed for the occasion from the Swedish police to be able to carry heavy video machinery. All the police vans following us were ready, all the policeman walking at both sides of us were ready and so were we. Once more I tried the man in the hat trick. It did not work inside the kettle in front of the Bella center but here I hoped it could work as many times before. And so it did. I was able to get out to find my bike again and recatch the march later cycling through the Amager Commons.
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Surrounded by the police we marched on and on.
Here I used the opportunity to finally escape and get a final view from a house far above the demonstrators coming from the Peoples Assembly. A long action day was over, RETINA no prescription. The Bella Wall between people and power will never be the same.
New call to action – Reclaim Power!
On the 16th of December, at the start of the high-level “ministerial” phase of the two-week summit, we, the movements for global justice, will take over the conference for one day and transform it into a Peoples Assembly.
Our goal is to disrupt the sessions and open a space inside the UN area to hold the Assembly. RETINA FOR SALE, The assembly will give a voice to those who are not being heard, it will be an opportunity to change the agenda, to discuss the real solutions, to send a clear message to the world calling for climate justice.
There will be a legalized starting point, which will be announced to the media and the police. From there, the climate justice bloc will move on towards the Bella Center. Affinity groups will make their way to the border of the conference area from various directions. The aim is for all groups coming from the outside to start entering the UN Area at 10am. At the same time, groups inside the Summit will start to disrupt the sessions and mobilize people to leave the negotiations and participate in the Peoples Assembly, RETINA FOR SALE. The assembly will start at 12pm at the main entrance to the Bella Center inside the UN Area.
Reclaim Power. is a confrontational mass action of non-violent civil disobedience. We will overcome any physical barriers that stand in our way – but we will not respond with violence if the police try to escalate the situation, nor create unsafe situations; we will be there to make our voices heard. RETINA FOR SALE, The Peoples Assembly, in opposition to the false solutions being negotiated at the Climate Summits, will highlight alternatives that provide real and just solutions: leaving fossil fuels in the ground; reasserting peoples’ and community control over resources; relocalising food production; massively reducing overconsumption, particularly in the North; recognising the ecological and climate debt owed to the peoples of the South and making reparations; and respecting indigenous and forest peoples’ rights.
After 15 years of negotiations and no real solutions to the climate crisis, we say enough. No more markets based solutions, no to corporate greed and short term politics deciding our future. No to colonialism and the land-grabs taking place in local and indigenous communities.
In December, we, from our many different backgrounds and movements, experiences and struggles, will come together. We are indigenous peoples and farmers, workers and environmentalists, feminists and anticapitalists.
Now, our diverse struggles for social and ecological justice are finding common ground in the struggle for climate justice, and in our desire to reclaim power over our own future.
See you on the streets!
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