Climate Furor

Copenhagen Protesters Released

Hundreds of protesters arrested during climate demonstrations in Copenhagen have been released from detention following accusations of police overreaction to the event, which drew an estimated 40,000 people. The demonstrators were detained after a rally during this week’s U.N. climate talks. Nearly 200 of the 968 people arrested remain in custody, and activists are already crying foul over the arrests: “[Protesters] weren’t able to have any medical attention, any water, and weren’t allowed to have any toilet facilities,” said a spokesperson for Climate Justice Action. “People were there in freezing conditions urinating on themselves and being held in lines like, essentially like animals.” Danish authorities have not issued a public comment on the accusations.