A gendarme from Cherbourg, France with a banner brought in by irish climate change activists
Climate change pre-crimes?
The activists, ranging in age from 20 to 72, are all involved in the group Stop Climate Chaos, an umbrella group comprised of 28 environmental groups including Friends of the Earth, Trócaire, An Taisce, Concern and Christian Aid.
An officer with the French border police in Cherbourg told The Irish Times the group had been stopped under the state-of-emergency legislation which currently banned demonstrations in France.
Speaking before their bus had been let through, the officer said it was expected the group would be returned to Ireland on Thursday evening as they were considered “likely to trouble public order in France”.
Asked how they knew about the group, the officer replied: “We were advised by the Irish authorities.”
The border police later confirmed the position had changed and the bus was being allowed to proceed but declined to comment on the reason why.
Mark Malone writes:
So Irish authorities forewarned French police about visiting climate change campaigners heading to COP21. Pretty much puts the question of political policing to bed.
Top pic: William Hederman