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Violence erupts outside Copenhagen climate summit

By Raw Story
Saturday, December 12th, 2009 — 12:10 pm

Violence broke out in Copenhagen on Saturday as tens of thousands took to the streets to demand tough measures on climate change, with demonstrators around the world rallying for action instead of words.

Hundreds of youths wearing black went on the rampage through the Danish capital, throwing bricks and smashing windows, as around 30,000 protesters marched through the streets to demanding world leaders declare war global warming.

Many of the youngsters, whose faces were covered with scarves, were forced to the ground by riot police before being bundled into vans, an AFP reporter said.

Police said some 400 people were arrested in the scuffles, although the rest of the march — the centerpiece of protests in 130 cities across the world — remained peaceful.

The huge march to the heavily-guarded Bella Center venue capped a day of lobbying by green groups around the world, staging peaceful, colorful protests from Australia to the Arctic Circle.

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Aselin Debison – The Gift

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VirginMedia
11 December 2009 11:55pm

Tony Blair said he believes it still would have been right to have invaded Iraq even if it was known then that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction.

The former Prime Minister – who is due to give evidence in the New Year to the Chilcot inquiry into the war – said other arguments would have been needed to justify the military action in 2003.

But in an interview to be broadcast on BBC1’s Fern Britton Meets … Tony Blair, he said the threat posed by Saddam to the wider region meant it was right to remove him from power.

“I would still have thought it right to remove him. Obviously you would have had to use and deploy different arguments, about the nature of the threat. I can’t really think we’d be better with him and his two sons still in charge but it’s incredibly difficult,” he said.

He added: “It was the notion of him as a threat to the region, of which the development of WMD was obviously one, and because you’d had 12 years of United Nations to and fro on this subject, he used chemical weapons on his own people – so this was obviously the thing that was upper most in my mind.”

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