At least 24 climate activists have been put under house arrest by French police, accused of flouting a ban on organising protests during next week’s Paris climate summit, the Guardian has learned.Ah, those convenient emergency laws. For "safety", of course. Relax, citizen: if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear, right?
One legal adviser to the activists said many officers raided his Paris apartment and occupied three floors and a staircase in his block.
French authorities did not respond to requests for comment but lawyers said that the warrants were issued under state of emergency laws, imposed after the terror attacks that killed 130 people earlier this month.
The author and climate change campaigner, Naomi Klein, accused French authorities of “a gross abuse of power that risks turning the summit into a farce”.The Elites are utterly uninterested in democracy, and in fact (as shown by the immigration policies on both sides of The Pond) are doing their very best to elect a new People - one that will be more democratically supportive of their policy preferences.
“Climate summits are not photo opportunities to boost the popularity of politicians,” she told the Guardian. “Given the stakes of the climate crisis, they are by their nature highly contested. That is democracy, messy as it may be. The French government, under cover of anti-terrorism laws, seems to be trying to avoid this, shamefully banning peaceful demonstrations and using emergency powers to pre-emptively detain key activists.”
This is actually the entirety of what you need to know to fully understand the Trumpening. Europe is (as always) more ideologically committed than we re, and so is more fully screwed than we are. They'd be lucky to get a Donald Trump. Instead, there will be multiple fascist governments there in two years.
The paniced Elites, of course, will try to quash the elections. That bucket of liquid is handy to douse the flames, even if it may be petrol.