One day before the opening of the Paris Climate Change Conference the peoples of the world set the tone with mass actions to affirm their urgent demands and emphasize that whatever transpires in Paris must accord with the needs of humanity and Mother Earth. Organizations report that some 2,300 actions were held on November 29 in at least 175 countries with more than 570,000 people participating.
Around 10,000 people defied the French government’s ban on protests during COP21 and gathered near Place de la République in the city centre to affirm their right to protest and assembly. This peaceful action was met with a violent response from police. Riot police repeatedly attempted to push back the protesters, spraying the crowds with tear gas. The police eventually managed to surround the protesters, kettling them into the square before taking the names of more than 200 people and placing a reported 174 under arrest for defying the protest ban, TeleSUR reports. No serious injuries were reported.
Actions took place across Canada and Quebec, with the main action in Ottawa. An estimated 25,000 people gathered at Ottawa City Hall and marched to Parliament Hill. Some 30 buses of participants travelled from Montreal to Ottawa for the demonstration, with many coming from other cities as well.
Ottawa, November 29, 2015.
Actions took place across Canada and Quebec, with the main action in Ottawa. An estimated 25,000 people gathered at Ottawa City Hall and marched to Parliament Hill. Some 30 buses of participants travelled from Montreal to Ottawa to take part, with many others also travelling to Ottawa from elsewhere.
In Toronto, an estimated 3,000 people rallied at Queen’s Park.Thousands gathered on the steps of Vancouver’s Art Gallery and marched throughout the downtown core.
Actions also took place in Halifax, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, all across Quebec and elsewhere.
Latin America and Caribbean
Mexico City, Mexico
San Jose, Costa Rica
Cabo Frio Buzios, Brazil
London, England; Edinburgh, Scotland
Johannesburg, South Africa
Howick, South Africa
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Quezon City, Philippines
Aukland, New Zealand
Source: TML Weekly, December 5, 2015, No. 38
(With files from UN News Centre, TeleSUR, PressTV, Prensa Latina. Photos: TML, M. Caron, 350.org, Avaaz, Telesur, Peoples Climate Movement, M. Howe, Climate Action Network, R. Hagensen, H. Craig, S. Alexander, S. Foley, Y. R. Jih, S. Wood, J. Owiki, E. Walters, J. A. Carral, M. Reichardt, V. T. Caceres, M. Leino, M. Normand, A. Sama, 100 % Possible, D. Malla, D. Ngo, L. Manalansan, A. Dimatatac, H. Okamoto, I. Astill, N. Marple.)