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Danish police commanders order the police to assault the press during the COP15

Dec. 16, 2010 12:21 p.m.
Climate Collective

Recordings from Danish police radio communications show that a Danish police commander encouraged police officers to assault members of the press during the COP15 Climate Summit in Copenhagen outside of the conference center on the 16th of December 2009.

The radio communication between the police was recorded and is now part of a Danish documentary about the COP15 protests which premieres today on Danish television station DR (http://www.dr.dk/pirattv/nyheder/en-klima-krimi/). The film follows the two climate activists Stine and Tannie, who acted as spokespersons for Climate Collective and Climate Justice Action. Last month they were convicted of planning to disrupt the public order and violence against the police as part of these demonstrations.

Read about their case here:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/nov/25/copenhagen-climate-activists-found-guilty

According to the recordings (http://politiken.tv/nyheder/indland/ECE1143276/indsatsleder-i-hugger-bare-til-dem/, English translation here: http://www.climatecollective.org/post/165), the police were instructed to take control of one of the demonstrations’ vans on which people gave speeches and spread information to the protestors.

Beat up the press

The cops were repeatedly told to beat up the press:

“I know that there are a lot of press in the front, but they are at the risk zone, it's their problem...” says the police commander

Later the message is even more clear.

“There are media between the cars – they will get the same fucking treatment”

Both The Danish Union of Journalists and Amnesty International are heavily criticizing the statements by the police.

Background

See photos of the demo here:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2009/dec/16/reclaim-power-march-copenhagen?INTCMP=SRCH

And video here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/video/2009/dec/17/copenhagen-climate-change

Critical articles about police behavior from COP15:
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=2348634 http://www.cphpost.dk/news/international/89-international/49071-amnesty-blasts-denmarks-cop15-policing.html