Delegates and activists protest climate talks in Copenhagen listen12/16/09 Kelly Benjamin and Seán Kinane
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Amidst snow flurries in Copenhagen, massive peaceful demonstrations took place today outside the Bella Center where UN Climate talks are being held.
Protesters from around the world descended on the conference in attempts to expose what they feel is an undemocratic and inadequate response to the urgency of the climate change crisis. The goal of the action was to take over the conference, and transform it into a Peoples Assembly on Climate Change just as some UN delegates and NGOs staged a sit in and walk out from the summit.
However, Danish police quickly surrounded the demonstrators and began attacking the crowd with pepper spray and batons.
Over 150 delegates inside the Bella Center staged a walk out of the climate talks today but were prevented by police from joining the people's assembly outside.
Maria Theresa Lauron is from the Philippines.
WMNF also spoke with several of the climate protesters about their experiences with police today.