Climate, police state, tear gas, shoes in Paris

This video, recorded in Paris, France says about itself:

France: Massive ‘shoe protest’ held in Paris against banning of climate march

29 November 2015

Thousands of pairs of shoes were placed on the ground as part of an installation at Place de la République in Paris on Sunday in protest against the banning of the Global March for Climate that was due to be held in the capital later that day. The rally was outlawed by French authorities as part of a ban on pubic gatherings enforced in light of the Paris attacks of Friday, November 13.

If shoes cannot walk in a pro-environment demonstration, then they can at least stand still as silent witnesses.

However, human beings also as silent witnesses, standing still in a human chain? The police state has other ideas.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

At the Place de la République in central Paris, police fired tear gas grenades at a large group of climate activists. Despite the ban on public demonstrations around two hundred environmental activists gathered in the square to form a human chain. …

Tomorrow in the French capital begins the global climate conference COP21, in the presence of many heads of state and government. …

As an alternative to the gathering at the Place de la République, there are now thousands of pairs of shoes.

Rather ironic that the acronym for this conference is COP.

French police arrest activists for flouting ban on organising protests during climate talks next week: here.

Greenpeace France director Jean-François Julliard said that, to his knowledge, all the ecologists under house arrest were pacifist activists who had never committed any violent acts nor been charged with anything. “We have the feeling that [the government] wants to stifle criticism from the militants, but they are going about it in the worst possible way, this is repression,” he said on BFM television.

Meanwhile, the French government has NOT banned markets, football matches, etc. Events where thousands of people gather as well. And, in the case of football matches, with a higher risk of violence than at pro-environment demonstrations. However: events where, contrary to pro-climate marches, rich people can make lots of money. It looks suspiciously like the French authorities are not really concerned about ‘security’ or violence; but more about letting ExxonMobil, Shell, Volkswagen and other polluting corporations lobby in the smoke-filled backrooms of the COP21 conference, without countervailing power in pro-climate marches.

UPDATE: there were thousands of ‘illegal’ demonstrators; about 100 were arrested.

The police crackdown in Paris and the drift towards dictatorship in France: here.

Paris climate change talks: Worldwide protests as leaders prepare for start of COP21 summit. Thousands of demonstrators across the world from Sydney to London have staged one of the largest ever days of protest: here.

World Bank: Climate change could push 100 million into extreme poverty: here.

THE COUNTRIES WITH ‘THE MOST TO LOSE’ FROM FAILED CLIMATE TALKS How rising tides and changes in the forest industry could devastate the Pacific Islands, Chad, and other countries. Or, as Pope Francis said, keep the world headed “toward suicide.” [Lydia O’Connor, HuffPost]

Justin Farrell, a sociologist with the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University, has conducted a study looking into the question of why there is so much polarity regarding the opinions of Americans regarding global environment change and has found that it can be very strongly tied to corporate disinformation campaigns. In his paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, he describes his study of publicly available written and verbal texts on the topic over the past two decades and why what he found led him to believe that a few key players in the U.S. have managed to muddle the debate in the minds of voters: here.

99 thoughts on “Climate, police state, tear gas, shoes in Paris

  1. Monday 30th November 2015

    posted by Zoe Streatfield in Britain

    JEREMY CORBYN and John McDonnell joined tens of thousands of people yesterday as they marched through central London calling on governments to act on climate change.

    Around 50,000 heard Labour leader Mr Corbyn call on those gathering for UN talks on climate change in Paris to “listen to the words of millions all around the world” who are saying it is possible to reduce emissions and protect the environment and our planet.

    Mr Corbyn told crowds that the issues facing the world are “pollution, climate change, inequality, environmental refugees, war refugees and resource wars” and called for these issues to be addressed in Paris.

    He said that those engaging in talks had an “enormous opportunity in front of them” but warned that doing nothing and allowing the pollution of the planet to continue would ensure we “bequeath to future generations a world of flooding, a world of environmental disaster, a world where our children will not be able to live or eat properly.

    “Our message today is to them: ‘Do what you are sent there to do. Do what you have been sent there to do on our behalf’.”

    Environmental campaigners from a broad coalition of groups and political parties were joined by trade unionists and celebrities such as Emma Thompson, Vivienne Westwood and Charlotte Church to call for action on climate change.

    Ms Westwood told the rally that “global warming is at a tipping point” and must be stopped now.

    She said: “The rotten financial system is the cause of all our problems — poverty, war, climate change,” adding that politicians are trapped in a “rotten financial system” committing “crimes against humanity.”

    Green MP Caroline Lucas welcomed the huge turnout in London and other cities across the world, telling crowds: “Together we are more powerful than they can ever imagine.”

    Friends of the Earth chief executive Craig Bennett said the global demonstrations were sending a signal that governments could no longer ignore.

    “We know the challenge we face, we know the solutions: now is the time to act,” he said.

    British PM David Cameron will call for “global action to deal with a global problem” in Paris but is expected to come under pressure for slashing government funding for renewable energy.

    World leaders from more than 50 countries will attend the UN talks aimed at securing deals to curb rising temperatures and shift the world to 100 per cent renewable energy.


  2. Monday 30th November 2015

    posted by Morning Star in World

    Global climate change marches take place

    by Our Foreign Desk

    PEOPLE around the world protested for action on global warming yesterday on the eve of the UN climate summit in Paris.

    More than 2,000 events were publicised worldwide, beginning with a demonstration of an estimated 45,000 people in Sydney, Australia.

    Oxfam campaigner Judee Adams said: “Those who did the least to cause the problem are feeling the impacts first and hardest, like our sisters and brothers in the Pacific.”

    In Paris protesters formed a human chain along the two-mile route of a planned march that was banned under the state of emergency declared following the terror attacks earlier this month.

    Hundreds of pairs of shoes were left in the Place de la Republique, symbolising those who were prevented from marching — among them a pair donated by Pope Francis, who has expressed concerns about climate change.

    About 100 people were arrested in clashes with riot police, who fired tear gas canisters.

    Paris Police Prefect Michel Cadot said police identified about 200 or 300 people who violated a ban on all protests under the country’s state of emergency.

    Around 10,000 people also protested in Berlin, along with 5,000 in Madrid.

    Some 150 world leaders will attend the summit which runs from today to December 11.

    French President Francois Hollande expressed hopes for an agreement on the issue of climate change.

    “Man is the worst enemy of man,” he said.

    “We can see it with terrorism. But we can say the same when it comes to climate. Human beings are destroying nature, damaging the environment.”

    South African President Jacob Zuma said that a “fair and ambitious legally binding agreement” would be a successful conclusion to the process started at the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) hosted by his government in Durban in 2011.

    But UN secretary-general Ban Ki Moon said governments’ pledges to cut global warming emissions aren’t enough and should be reviewed before 2020.


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