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Climate campaigners denounce "sham" deal

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Climate campaigners denounce "sham" deal

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There has been anger in Copenhagen at the end of a summit that promised so much and, for climate campaigners, delivered so little.

They had wanted a legally-binding treaty to cut carbon emissions and protect the planet. But the deal reached has been denounced as an abject failure.

As they marched through the Danish capital on Friday afternoon, urging world leaders to salvage the situation, many felt the writing was on the wall.

“I have come here today to express some anger with the situation of this Corruption-hagen meeting,” said demonstrator Philip Hays from Germany. “We are not happy with the outcome, with the results of the UN conference.”

People power was supposed to make a difference but some protesters claimed Danish authorities used repressive tactics. The conference’s UN organisers restricted NGO’s access to the talks venue, drawing sharp criticism.

But, ultimately, the summit’s outcome has most disappointed activists. John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK, condemned Copenhagen as a “crime scene” with “the guilty men and women fleeing to the airport.”

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