• France Uses ISIS Emergency Laws to Arrest Climate Activists

    November 29, 2015

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    France-Martial-LawWho could have anticipated that the French government would misuse its post-Paris massacre “emergency powers?”

    In just a blink of a tear, France has twisted its new powers designed to fight ISIS into a tool of repression against climate change activists. Any more transparent and the whole thing would look like Miley Cyrus’ underwear.

    At least 24 activists who advocate for climate change have been placed under “house arrest” ahead of United Nations talks in Paris. France used emergency laws that were implemented after the Paris shootings to arrest the green campaigners, the French government confirmed on Saturday.

    Activist Naomi Klein said French leaders are carrying out “a gross abuse of power that risks turning the summit into a farce.” Hearing the voice of activists is important at an event where lots of world leaders will be present, she added. “Climate summits are not photo opportunities to boost the popularity of politicians. 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 preemptively detain key activists.”

    French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve insisted the activists were planning to carry out violent protests at the talks. “These 24 people have been placed under house arrest because they have been violent during demonstrations in the past and because they have said they would not respect the state of emergency,” Cazeneuve said.

    “These people have no connection at all with the terrorist movement, but our forces need to be totally focused on the protection of the French people,” Cazeneuve added.



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    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      This is what the terrorists want us to do. They enjoy manipulating, that’s part of their dysfunctional psyche. They want our governments to take certain steps so that they can turn around and point out perceived shortcomings in our systems. FDR really was correct in saying what we have to fear is fear itself. We need to stop allowing ourselves to be manipulated

      11/29/15 1:31 PM | Comment Link

    • Helen Marshall said...

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      Given that the US has managed to impose its view that no binding commitments are to be made, just “intentions,” the conference is already a farce.

      11/29/15 1:34 PM | Comment Link

    • jhoover said...

      3

      “When Syrian refugees were asked to list the greatest threat, 29 percent picked Iran, 22 percent picked Israel and 19 percent picked America. Only 10 percent viewed Islamic terrorism as a great threat.

      By way of comparison, twice as many Iraqis see Islamic terrorism as a threat than Syrians do and slightly more Palestinian Arabs view Islamic terrorism as a threat than Syrians do. These are terrible numbers.

      Thirty-seven percent of Syrian refugees oppose US airstrikes on ISIS. 33% oppose the objective of destroying ISIS.

      And these are the people whom our politicians would have us believe are “fleeing an ISIS Holocaust.””

      What you think?

      When Iraq war in 1991 after Saddam was main target to hit all those years.

      Now we see no fire was targeted head of Syrian regime despite all the voices call for regime change?

      11/29/15 1:39 PM | Comment Link

    • Avery said...

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      As the French say, quelle surprise!

      11/29/15 10:22 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      “In just a blink of a tear, France has twisted its new powers designed to fight ISIS into a tool of repression against climate change activists.”unquote

      Omg. Color me shocked! Shocked I tell you. I mean..

      not.

      Next thing you know corporate energy CEO’s will urge Congress to expand “investigations” into Climate Change scientists..er..wait

      https://theintercept.com/2015/11/27/lamar-smith-murray/?comments=1#comments

      McCarthy must be proud of these scumbags.

      11/30/15 8:04 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      Jhoover, where are the sources for those polls cited??

      11/30/15 10:22 PM | Comment Link

    • jhoover said...

      7

      12/2/15 1:25 AM | Comment Link

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