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Copenhagen blog 12: System change not climate change
Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, Voice Bangladesh, writes from Copenhagen
There was snow, cold and wind in Copenhagen. But the warmth of Reclaiming People’s Power lead a few thousand activists from around the world to gather in different blocks and rally towards the Bella Centre where world leaders are in mock climate negotiations.
The activists called for climate justice, democracy and people’s sovereign power to end the false solutions to climate change proposed by leaders of rich countries.
We had the warm hearts of creative and imaginative leaders and activists from the South and the North demanding justice, surrounded by hundreds of police. But the police used brutal action on the activists.
Can it be a democratic regime where people’s voices are not heard and considered? How can we trust those in power when people are blocked, beaten, tear-gassed, arrested and abused? It was unjustified intolerance to democracy. The Danish police action resembles the inhuman and undemocratic behaviour of the Danish government in the climate negotiations.
As the police gathered around I was separated from my colleagues in Jubilee South. Suddenly I got a push from the police and escaped from their brutal hands and stood aside. I gave an interview to a Danish television channel, and another to EngageMedia.
Whilst the actions of the police will be covered by the media, it is the demands of people for justice which need to be heard. Only system change can reflect the vision and imagination of people and ensure justice.