Denmark Releases 1K Protesters
Thirteen remain in custody; more protests planned today
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2009 6:03 AM CST
Detained demonstrators are seen lined up on a street in Copenhagen on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009.   (THIBAULT CAMUS)
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(Newser) – Danish police today released hundreds of activists who were detained during a mass rally demanding strong action from the UN climate conference. Police said only 13 of the 968 people detained during and after the demonstration in Copenhagen remained in custody today. Of those, three—two Danes and a Frenchman—were set to be arraigned in court on preliminary charges of fighting with police, reports the AP.

The conference took a day off today, though environment ministers were meeting informally and more protests were planned. Conference President Connie Hedegaard condemned the troublemakers. "You don't have to exert that kind of violence to be heard because this is a process where your views are very much included," she said.

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