Web Special: Mass arrests mark COP 15 protests
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Activists at the climate talks in Copenhagen kicked off a week's worth of protests with a single massive demonstration that marched from Copenhagen's Parliament square and ended in a candlelit candlelight vigil at the entrance to the conference center where the official talks are taking place. Organizers say over 100,000 people participated. Brian Edwards-Tiekert was there.
There were roughly 1000 arrests during Saturday's rally, most from a group arrest danish police made toward the back of the March. Police say some demonstrators there were throwing objects and attempting to destroy property. Witnesses say most of those arrested had nothing to do with such actions. Most were held for 12 hours under a new Danish law that that allows police to hold protesters in preventative detention for 12 hours without cause. Upon release, many complained of being forced to sit outside on cold pavement in near-freezing temperatures for hours while police were conducting the arrest.