France bans climate change protests

Climate change protests such as this 2014 rally in New York have been banned by the French government during the COP21 summit. AFP Photo/Timothy A. Clary

Climate change protests such as this 2014 rally in New York have been banned by the French government during the COP21 summit. AFP Photo/Timothy A. Clary

Paris, Reuters – The French government has banned two planned marches on climate change, timed to coincide with the upcoming global climate talks, citing the recent terror attacks.

Marches planned on November 29 and December 12 during the COP-21 international climate talks in Paris will not be authorised for security reasons, the French government says.

All demonstrations organised in closed spaces or in places where security can easily be ensured could go ahead, the government said in a statement on Wednesday.

“However, in order to avoid additional risks, the government has decided not to authorise climate marches planned in public places in Paris and other French cities on November 29 and December 12,” it said.

Environmental activists have hoped the marches would attract perhaps 200,000 people to put pressure on governments to cut greenhouse gas emissions. They have had to rethink their plans following attacks in Paris last Friday that killed 129 people.

2 responses to “France bans climate change protests”

  1. Roger Graf says:

    This is called caving in to how and why we should all feel afraid. We are now awash with fear… or is it to the large corporate businesses that this is the ideal time to bring up fear to minimise the protesting of ‘climate change’?
    One has to be influenced that it is not the latter. Saying this, what measures do we have for a ‘Paris’ style attack in Oz? Is the ability for an emergency of the like possible and rehearsal capable to deal with an attack tomorrow, say on the Gold Coast?
    Would our emergency services cope? The quicker we start practising for an event in any part of Oz, the higher the likelihood we will manage. Or are we going to say; ‘she’ll be right mate’.

  2. This prohibition is neither a cave-in nor the pressure of “large business interests.” Your bias in favor of global warming programs seems to have closed your mind to the obvious.

    ISIS showed that it targets large crowds and gatherings. Why? Because as in Paris, such venues are easy to get into, and present lots of human targets for massacres. Large street demonstrations would be even more tempting. The Boston Marathon Bombing is one example. With the weapons ISIS has access to, a terrorist need not walk in the parade nor stand on the sidewalk to create a problem.

    I predicted when I first heard about the Paris attacks that French security would crack down on this sort of demonstration, that the police would not tolerate demonstrations that presented terrorists opportunities.

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