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Is Denmark a Police State? (Release Tadzio Mueller, Luca Tornatore and Other Climate Prisoners!)

Release Tadzio Mueller and the other climate prisoners!

To add your signature:

To:  The Danish Parliament

Over the past week, tens of thousands of people from across the planet have taken to the streets of Copenhagen demanding real and just solutions to climate change. But on the streets, as well as inside the UN Climate Change Conference, delegates and ‘outsiders’ alike are doubting that the conference will reach a deal that isn’t a disaster for most of the world.

Inside the Bella Centre, where the UN delegates are meeting, numerous critical voices have been marginalised through technical and procedural manoeuvres. Others, like Friends of the Earth International, have had their accreditation revoked. Outside, the policing of protest has been consistently draconian and occasionally brutal.

On Saturday 12 December, almost 1,000 participants in a ‘Climate March’ through Copenhagen were arrested. On Monday 14 December, hundreds more were arrested at a party in the city’s Christiania district following a public meeting, addressed by Canadian journalist Naomi Klein and others. On Tuesday 15 December, Tadzio Mueller, a spokesperson for Climate Justice Action, was arrested by undercover police officers following a press conference at the Bella Centre.

This morning, on Wednesday 16 December, Tadzio appeared before a judge on a number of charges relating to his public support for today’s Reclaim Power demonstration. The declared aim of Reclaim Power – also supported by social movements, many conference delegates and other civil society actors – is to hold a People’s Assembly at the Bella Centre, to discuss real solutions to climate change. At this morning’s court hearing the judge decided to hold Tadzio for a further three days, after which he will reappear in court. There are reports that the hearing was closed to the public.

Meanwhile, hundreds more protesters have been arrested today and there have been numerous reports of police brutality and the extensive use of batons, pepper spray and tear gas. We have also heard of further arrests of individual activists by undercover police officers.

We, the undersigned, not only lend our support to those in Copenhagen seeking to push for real and just solutions to climate change, but also demand the following: 

  • The immediate release of Tadzio Mueller and all other climate prisoners
  • A halt to the criminalisation and intimidation of activists, including
  • the pre-emptive detaining of protesters in Copenhagen;
  • The immediate re-instatement of accreditation withdrawn from NGOs and other critical voices at the Climate Summit

(This Open Letter was drafted by the editors of Turbulence: Ideas for Movement, of which Tadzio Mueller is an editor.)

Initial Signatories (name and affiliation):
Ben Trott (Turbulence editor)
David Harvie (Turbulence editor, University of Leicester)
Michal Osterweil (Turbulence editor, US based lecturer, UNC Chapel Hill)
Keir Milburn (Turbulence editor)
Rodrigo Nunes (Turbulence editor)
Kay Summer (Turbulence editor)
Naomi Klein
Katja Kipping (Member of the German Bundestag)
Ulla Jelpke (Spokeswoman for internal affairs of the faction DIE LINKE in the Bundestag)
Alexis Passadakis (Member of the Coordination Committee of Attac Germany)

Dr. Simon Lewis (University of Leeds and UN accredited science advisor in COP15)
Emma Dowling (Lecturer, University of London)
Ingo Stutzle (editor, ak – analyse & kritik)
Zoe Young (writer and film maker)
Friends of the Earth International

To add your signature:

Luca Tornatore isn’t only our friend. He is a scientific researcher at the Department of Physics at the University of Trieste. He is a scientist, one who combines passion and a desire to change the world to his scientific skills. These are the ingredients that pushed him to go to Copenhagen together with hundreds of Italian environmentalists. Luca is in Copenhagen to demand climatic justice, to participate in the Climate Forum and to network with others who believe that the environmental emergency must be faced beginning from a democratization of decision-making and not through delegating the question to those who started the problem in the first place or to those who are worsening it.

Luca Tornatore was arrested, together with many others for having participated in a debate. Luca, like hundreds of others, committed no crime. His arrest was confirmed based not on evidence, but only to punish his political involvement, his public visibility and his skills.This would be laughable but what is happening in Copenhagen is unprecedented. People are being stopped randomly on the streets, being preventively arrested (an already noted monstrous device of the state of exception) without any shame. More than 1500 arrests have been made, nearly all completely unjustified. Copenhagen, an ex-symbol of social-democracy, has been transformed into a police state.

We demand the immediate release of Dr. Luca Tornatore, above all for his innocence, but also because the suspension of the state of right, the provocations and the lies make Luca’s absence intolerable for all of us that sincerely share his worries for the future of our planet.

Trieste – Venice, 15 December 2009

Please sign and circulate:   giuseppe.caccia@unito.it


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