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Images like this were par for the course before lunch today in Copenhagen.

Kodiak Greenwood

Images like this were par for the course before lunch today in Copenhagen.


Tear Gas For Breakfast

Protests turn violent today at COP15


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Before we even had a chance to find our morning cups of coffee, Operation Copenhagen was breathing tear gas for breakfast at the COP15. An organized march called the “Push for Climate Change” took a radical turn this morning outside the Bella Center as protesters and police clashed. More than 250 people have already been arrested in the several hours long stand-off while other, smaller, confrontations have broken out in the city’s center. For a complete report on the unfortunate and violent developments at the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference check back at independet.com/climate later today.

By Kodiak Greenwood

The march outside the Bella Center turned ugly today as climate change activists clashed with Danish police. More than 260 people have been arrested and the day isn’t over yet. Already other confrontations have broken out in other parts of the city.

By Kodiak Greenwood

One of hundreds of arrests already in Copenhagen today. Tear gas, baton beat downs and civil unrest were not uncommon outside of the Bella Center last this morning.

By Kodiak Greenwood

More of the mid-morning mayhem in Copenhagen.

By Kodiak Greenwood

By Kodiak Greenwood

If you have been in this position before you usually don’t want to be in it again. Unless of course you are trying to save Planet Earth.

By Kodiak Greenwood

The protest on Wednesday was surreal in the way that activists, police and a small army of media members all danced around in a chaotic, tear gas flavored tango. Sometimes I was more afraid of the the journalists than anything else.

By Kodiak Greenwood

No matter what, being hit by a batons hurts. As the protest ebbed and flowed, injured activists could be scene wandering around dazed, bloodied and bruised.

By Kodiak Greenwood

Getting arrested is never fun. Unless of course you are trying to save the world in the process.

By Kodiak Greenwood

Armored police vans versus angry humans never really ends well for the living side of that equation.

By Kodiak Greenwood

Note the human chain behind the man with the megaphone. The activists are protecting a truck that was the PA pumping heart and soul of the protest Wednesday morning, a young woman shouting directions to protesters, urging them to stay safe and chastising the police for using violence. Out of nowhere, a swarm of riot police rushed the truck and snatched the woman, dissappearing her into a nearby van.

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