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France Puts 24 Climate Activists Under House Arrest Ahead of COP21


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France Puts 24 Climate Activists Under House Arrest Ahead of COP21

- Common Dreams staff

French police have placed 24 activists under 'house arrest' ahead of the major UN climate warming COP21 talks starting near Paris next week.

The French interior ministry said Friday the government was trying to prevent the activists from demonstrating ahead of the COP21 conference, but their lawyers and Amnesty International accused the government of abusing the 'state of emergency' put into effect after the Paris attacks.

Three of those arrested are accused of belonging to the "radical opposition movement", according to the Agence France Presse.


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"The interior ministry says the three individuals have caused "serious disturbances to public order" in the past."

So is the French government interested in protecting the people in France (including prospective demonstrators) or is this more about placing climate activists in the same category as ISIS terrorists?


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Several weeks ago French authorities banned all pro-Palestinian demonstrations.
A couple of weeks ago French courts upheld the bannning of the BDS Movement, which advocates Boycotting, Divesting from & Sanctioning apartheid Israel.
Now this ..


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God. This is perverse. Next logical step... hmm... how about a general strike nation-wide to demand the right to express 'the Peoples' right to a future on Planet Earth?


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Looks like ISIL is getting what it wants, bit by bit, the dismantling of Western "civilization". Curbing free speech and the right to peacefully protest have lots of company in the Arab world even if you do not get beheaded. And France, well with its own business interest in dirty fuel, why would they not welcome this chance to stop those pesky protesters when it comes to corporate coopted COP21?

And in Israel a new effort in curtailing the rights of Palestinians: http://www.alternet.org/israel-coordinate-google-youtube-censor-palestinian-videos-conflict


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France:

"They are banned from leaving their home town in western France without special police permission, they must report to a local police station three times a day and remain at their homes between 8:00 pm and 6:00 am until December 12, the day after the talks are due to end."

Through the Looking Glass (Lewis Carol):

    Red Queen: 'there's the King's Messenger. He's in prison now, being punished: and 
    the trial doesn't even begin till next Wednesday: and of course the crime comes last
    of all.'

    'Suppose he never commits the crime?' said Alice.

    'That would be all the better, wouldn't it?' the Queen said

Seems like it wouldn't take much to bring about such "Looking Glass" practices in the US.


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Minority Report


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The Fossil Fuel Mob strikes back. Bush, Koch, Rockefeller, ALEC, etc...


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Creepy!

It's the Vichy-France Puppet-Government run by the Corporate Nazis all over again.


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The GWOT is a War on Democracy. Perhaps there are a couple still around....


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'A gross abuse of power that risks turning the summit into a farce'
There is no risk : The summit is already turned into a big farce.


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You haven't heard ? According to the loudest bullfrogs in the fascist feverswamp , Obama has already bought up all the guillotines in France and is storing them in an undisclosed location for future use when he installs the Muslim caliphate in America . Because Muslims have a thing for beheading , don't you know ?
The first version of this urban legend surfaced in 1994 and Poppy Bush was the villain in that account , and he was having them stored in Pensacola FLA .


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The French government hit the trifecta.


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And in other news, a bear shit in the woods.

The State just loves them some 'emergency powers'.

Nice work, France. Fear 23, Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite 0


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If you heed to the demands of a fanciest state, they win. I think the French are much better at standing their ground than we are. When the demonstrations take place I think they are going to be mush bigger than planed, thanks to the French Authorities.


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I thought it wonderful that time these political prostitutes held their bordello on a bunch of cruise ships anchored off Doha. It was unnecessary for them to worry about annoying intrusions of the public interest, but also avoided inconvenience to the people of a major Western city.
Is there anyone out there still such a sucker who still thinks our present political class capable of anything resembling real governing?


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France (and all the other countries) can refer to this suspension of liberties as anything they want but it's actually Martial Law--Not the first time France did this, or other countries (Germany really showed the world about martial law). History has shown (in South and Central America in particular), once this occurs, it is seldom lifted, and it's only a half step away from incarceration, no trials, no charges, torture and disappearances on a grand scale. And by the way, this is mission creep by our professional sellouts controlled by the 1/10 Percenters and elite sociopaths. The UK is currently living under martial law (of some variation) and let me assure you the majority are not happy about that and shouldn't be. Those in France need to be on the streets protesting instead of meekly staying inside like lambs being lead to the slaughter. Those who lived through WW2 should know better, and those activists (all younger who have rebelled before) need to step-up and face down these fascists disguised as humanists assuring everyone it's for their safety: BS.


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So there you go US. Stand tall with your allies in hypocrisy and mendacity, the French.

Is anyone here really surprised by this?

I haven't spent a minute on any conspiracy site, but just a little idle speculation here. ISIS, proselytized, funded, and armed from Saudi Arabia, which has much to lose if humanity actually decides to get serious about global warming, stages an attack just weeks before the biggest climate conference in years. How convenient. I know that the motivations of the attackers revolved around the long history of French Algerian colonialism, but this is really just so damned convenient.

Every government, now infested by the ultra-wealthy, does not want to embarrass itself in front of the ultra-wealthy visiting "delegates" of the ultra-wealthy co-conspirator governments. The suits are all breathing a sigh of relief that they will not be discomfited by the rabble.


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Don't confuse The French with the French government. Just like we should not confuse all Americans for the American government.