Paris attacks: State of emergency could restrict public demonstrations during Paris climate talks, By Peter Burton, November 17

What impact will the attacks have on the Paris Climate Change Conference scheduled to begin in 12 days?

While already complicated, the talks will now take place within a state of emergency that is threatening to limit public participation.

Events in Paris continue to unfold at a dizzying pace. But in the coming days we will learn a lot by paying attention to how parties use (and abuse) the language of freedom and liberty.

2 Replies to “Paris attacks: State of emergency could restrict public demonstrations during Paris climate talks”

  1. France Uses Emergency Laws to Put Climate Activists Under House Arrest for Planning to Protest

    French police arrest activists for flouting ban on organizing protests during climate talks next week.

    The Guardian, By Arthur Neslen, November 27

    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.

    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”.

  2. A philosopher’s view:
    “Some analysts have argued that what we are witnessing is not so much a ‘radicalisation of Islam’ as rather an ‘Islamisation of radicalism’: a sort of ad hoc wrapping of a radical political movement in whatever symbols and rhetoric are readily available from the surrounding culture.
    h/t JustinEHSmith

    Just like so many of our politicians and ignorant, racist authoritarians wrapping themselves in The Flag and the trappings of Christianity.

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