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Greenpeace chief locked out of UN climate meet

2019-12-12 21:02:01 BdST

2020-09-30 23:33:35 BdST

Published: 2019-12-12 21:02:01 BdST

International Live: Hours after sharing a podium at 196-nations climate talks with Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, the head of Greenpeace International found herself locked out of the building Wednesday along with hundreds of other observers ejected from the talks.

Jennifer Morgan, who has been attending the troubled UN negotiations for 25 years, said the expulsion was without precedent. “This afternoon there was a peaceful protest outside of the plenary,” Morgan told AFP.

“I call on the Secretary General to intervene here to make sure that youth and citizens around the world can engage and have their voices heard in these negotiations,” she added. United Nations officials, when asked about the lock-out, had no comment.

More than 200 youth and indigenous rights activists were thrown out of talks, set to end Friday, after staging a protest demanding that nations take urgent action to avert catastrophic climate change.

The protesters chanted “Climate Justice Now!” and “Shame! Shame! Shame!” for several minutes before security intervened and pushed the activists into a car park, where they were briefly held.

Dhaka 12 December (campuslive24.com)//az


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