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Copenhagen: protesters march through city

By Channel 4 News

Updated on 12 December 2009

Four hundred protesters are arrested in Copenhagen as thousands march through the streets to demand action on global warming from the UN climate change summit.

Copenhagen summit demonstration (credit:Reuters)

The protest was largely peaceful, but up to 400 people were arrested. It  followed demonstrations in Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and India.

Last night, the negotiations showed the first signs of agreeing an international deal, with the EU promising £6.5bn over the next three years to help developing nations. Britain is to put up £1.5bn of that total.

The marchers are calling on world leaders from 192 countries taking part in the UN negotiations to find a legally binding document that will succeed the Kyoto Protocol.

"We want a fair new treaty, that the countries say how much CO2 they will reduce and we want it to come now and that it is really binding them. Yeah we don't want them to leave without having achieved anything," Julia from Germany said.

Actress Helen Baxendale is among the celebrities joining the events in the Danish capital today, along with model Helena Christensen and former Irish president and UN high commissioner for human rights Mary Robinson.

Other events staged to mark the global day of action on climate change included a four-minute "flashdance" with lights performed outside the Houses of Parliament, with volunteers across London collecting messages from citizens to deliver to MPs.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, addressed campaigners from Christian Aid and other European, faith-based development organisations, in Copenhagen's Cathedral Square, before preaching at an ecumenical service attended by Queen Margrethe of Denmark.

The archbishop told the protesters he hoped that firm commitments would emerge from the UN summit.

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