I was counting myself lucky to be outside the increasingly hot, crowded, and policed conference venue, the Bella Center, this afternoon reporting a story. But word comes of intense times within, as youth activists from around the world stage a sit-in inside the plenary hall, intending to read out millions of names of people who support a binding, effective and fair climate agreement.
5:01 I’m at the heart of the Bella Center, where youth activists from around the world have set-up a sit in. They are reading aloud the names of the 15 million people who have called for a fair and ambitious treaty, and are refusing to leave until there voices are heard and demands are met.
5:51 After 51 minutes, security finally moves in, asks them to sit on side. Young people refuse to leave, holding strong. U.S. Special Envoy on Climate Change, the U.S.’s chief negotiator just walked by and definitely noticed.
6:07 Many people just dragged away. There is a bit of pandemonium and everyone is spread out. Chants of “the Whole World is Watching” coming from throughout the halls.
6:24 Here’s video of security dragging youth away from the sit-in less than 15 minutes ago:
7:04 All the lights in the corridor turn off, they are trying to get civil society to leave.
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