France bans marches and protest meetings at the upcoming UN summit on climate change

Independent on Sunday, 29 Nov 2015:

John Lichfield’s eulogy about Paris should not obscure the regrettable decision by President Hollande to ban all marches and protest meetings at the upcoming UN summit on climate change (Paris declares itself battered–but still afloat Nov 22) I thought the idea was that life should go on as normal; certainly that was the message surrounding the friendly football match between England and France; so why cancel the democratic part of a summit that is likely to determine the future of human civilisation?

And why have French climate activists been placed under house arrest ?

Perhaps the French security forces have not changed much since 1985, when  the French Secret Service blew up  Greenpeace’s  boat, The  Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbour, killing a Portugese photographer in the process. People should ask themselves who represents the greater threat to democracy, and to the planet.

Dr Robin Russell-Jones
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire

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