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At least 100 arrested at Paris climate change protest

The UN Climate Summit begins on Monday morning and will run until Friday 11 December.

France Climate Countdown Policemen fight with activists during a protest ahead of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference at the Place de la Republique in the French capital today Source: AP

Updated 16.50

ABOUT 100 PEOPLE have been detained in Paris after a protest seeking a global climate deal turned violent.

Paris police chief Michel Cadot told reporters that police identified about 200 or 300 people who violated a ban on all protests under the country’s state of emergency.

The state of emergency was declared because of the recent extremist attacks that killed 130 people in the French capital.

APTOPIX France Climate Countdown Scenes from the protest in Paris which turned violent today Source: AP

Cadot said this afternoon that about 100 people who were found to have projectiles or other suspicious objects were detained.

Police fired numerous rounds of tear gas on protesters to disperse them.

The protesters were gathering ahead of the UN Climate Summit that begins tomorrow outside Paris.

France Climate Countdown Source: AP


Meanwhile, protests calling for action on climate change are taking place across the world today, ahead of the start of the summit.

Representatives from 180 countries are aiming to reach a legally binding agreement to tackle rising global temperatures.

This is the 21st time world leaders have met in an attempt to agree a global climate deal. Leading experts have warned that the world is running out of time to agree a deal.

The Paris march was cancelled for security reasons.

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France Climate Countdown Source: Associated Press

In Ireland, marches were organised for Dublin, Cork, Belfast and Galway. Ciara Kirrane of Stop Climate Chaos, said:

The rallies in Dublin, Belfast and Cork will allow people in Ireland to take part in this global event. We want Taoiseach Enda Kenny to travel to Paris with the calls for climate action ringing in his ears.

“These rallies will see people from all walks of life and from all backgrounds come together to say that we cannot continue along a path that we know with absolute certainty will deliver chaos.”

Climate March - Edinburgh Protesters march through Edinburgh's city centre to call for tougher action to tackle climate change. Source: PA WIRE

The UN Climate Summit begins on Monday morning and will run until Friday, 11 December.

The most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned, “our assessment finds that the atmosphere and oceans have warmed, the amount of snow and ice has diminished, sea level has risen and the concentration of carbon dioxide has increased to a level unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years.”

The marches are being organised by the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, which includes organisations such as Trócaire, Friends of the Earth, Oxfam Ireland and An Taisce.

With AP

Initially published 8.20am

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