Posts Tagged ‘Riots’

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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EU: recession will be deep and long-lasting

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — The European Union says it is facing a “deep and protracted recession” as a consequence of the world financial crisis.

The economies of the 16 nations that use the euro will shrink by 1.9 percent in 2009, with the entire EU contracting 1.8 percent, the European Commission predicts.

It says 3.5 million jobs will disappear in the EU and government deficits soar as they borrow heavily to stoke growth.

The EU executive warned that the outlook was still exceptionally uncertain, describing the econ0mic crisis as the worst faced by the world since the second world war.

That explains why European cities are having riots..

EU member states are “intensively” monitoring the risk of spreading civil unrest in Europe, as riots over the economic crisis erupt in Iceland following street clashes in Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Greece.

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