Published on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 by The Guardian/UK
Danish Police Raid
Police detain 200 activists at their
accommodation and seize items they claim could be used for acts of civil disobedience Copenhagen
COPENHAGEN - Danish police last night raided a climate campaigners' accommodation centre in Copenhagen, detaining 200 activists and seizing items which they claimed could be used for acts of civil disobedience.
Police stand guard outside a former beer depot in
About 200 police arrived at the shelter on
A spokeswoman for Climate Justice Action (CJA), one of the activist groups, said: "People were enormously frightened and alarmed. We really don't know why the police handled it like this: the Danish government has provided this accommodation for activists and now the police are acting unnecessarily. We'll be asking for the items they confiscated back."
Police have confirmed the raid took place but have not yet issued a statement.
The centre on
Police have said that although they will facilitate peaceful protest , they fear that an international extremist network may come to
The head of the Police Intelligence Service (PET), Jakob Scharf, has said that "violent extremists will try to abuse and get a free ride on the peaceful activist involvement in the climate debate."
Scharf said he feared that peaceful protesters may end up in a battle zone between extremists and police.
Some activists have privately conceded that there may well be trouble at some of the upcoming demonstrations. But most strongly refute the idea that troublemakers are descending on
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