Police Clash With Protesters in Paris: COP21 – Climate Emergency (Dispatch 1)

The COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris occurred about 2 weeks following a horrific terrorist attack, also in Paris.  That attack was perpetrated by people born in France or Belgium, who were French and Belgian citizens, who happened to be of Middle Eastern descent.  They successfully staged a large scale attack killing scores of people.  The attack caused an extreme state of emergency from Paris to Brussels, and beyond.

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The state of emergency continued up to the weeks of the conference.  It’s an understandable thing, there will be high level government officials from around the world coming in and out of the conference, and therefore such a conference is a tempting target.

At the same time the state of emergency made it impossible for protesters to be effectively heard.  Which just meant the protesters had to become ingenious in order to hold protests.  For example, at the place they were to have begun a march, because they weren’t allowed to assemble as people they instead placed hundreds of pairs of shoes to symbolize the protesters who would have been there.

About David Herron

David Herron is a writer and software engineer living in Silicon Valley. He primarily writes about electric vehicles, clean energy systems, climate change, peak oil and related issues. When not writing he indulges in software projects and is sometimes employed as a software engineer. David has written for sites like PlugInCars and TorqueNews, and worked for companies like Sun Microsystems and Yahoo.

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