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Over 6 thousand protesters bring Durban CBD to a standstill

Saturday 3 December 2011 19:24

Janji Chauke, Durban.

United activists of the world bring Durban CBD to a standstill.(SABC)

Security was tight in Durban as 6 500 protesters brought the Central Business District(CBD) to a standstill on Saturday as they marched on the sidelines of the COP 17 conference.

Activists are calling on world leaders to find a compromise to the Kyoto Protocol which is the only legally binding agreement on the reduction of carbon emissions.

"We are fighting that farmers must not use chemicals on plants. It is very important because of health and climate change,"says Sara Ngema, a wheel-chair bound activist.

Environmentalists are concerned that COP 17 will end up being just another talk shop.

Environmentalists are concerned that COP 17 will end up being just another talk shop.  A "barren" COP with no binding deal will be a slap in the face for Africa and the rest of the developing world.

General Secretary of Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) Zwelinzima Vavi says: "We demand action and not tourism. This cannot be a world conference in which everybody came just to have a nice time."  

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says she has taken into account what the protest is about and that what the protesters are saying is what is being discussed in the plenaries. She also says that there are convergence of ideas.

The demonstration was also a good platform for Indigenous people who are among those most affected by climate change.

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