Defiant protest in Paris and Global Climate March

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.

Ottawa



Toronto


Vancouver


Halifax

Annapolis Royal

Windsor

Winnipeg

Edmonton

Calgary

Nelson

Campbell River

United States

New York

Milwaukee


Farmington

Middlebury

Fayetteville

Louiseville

Savanah

Oakland

Eugene

Bellingham

Seattle

Honolulu

Juno

Latin America and Caribbean

Mexico City, Mexico

Guatemala


San Jose, Costa Rica

Lima, Peru

Cochabamba, Bolivia

Cabo Frio Buzios, Brazil

Europe

London, England

London, England; Edinburgh, Scotland

Helsinki, Finland

Copenhagen, Denmark

Graz, Austria

Berlin, Germany

Paris, France

Barcelona, Spain

Rome, Italy


Athens, Greece


Africa

Bargny, Senegal

Nairobi, Kenya

Johannesburg, South Africa

Howick, South Africa

Cairo, Egypt

Asia

Beirut, Lebanon

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Delhi, India

Dhaka, Bengladesh

Katmandu, Nepal

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Jakarta, Indonesia

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Taipei, Tiawan

Manila, Philipinnes

Quezon City, Philippines

Seoul, Korea

Tokyo, Japan

Oceania

Suva, Fiji

Melbourne, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Brisbane, Australia

Aukland, New Zealand

Tuvalu Islands

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.)

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