Hundreds of activists march through the venue of the Cop26 to protest the “lack of progress”


Hundreds of activists from around the world marched through the venue for Cop26 in Glasgow, leaving a rally in one of the main venues to join a protest outside.

The marchers sang and chanted as they walked through the summit blue zone, with a group of indigenous activists leading the procession.

They wore red banners and ribbons to represent the red lines crossed by the negotiators.

Two people were taken away by police after trying to climb the fence outside the site.

Previously, several global civil society groups took the stage at the climate summit for a “People’s Plenary” session.

The Cop26 coalition hosted the event on Friday, with one of the venues at the United Nations climate conference packed with hundreds of people.

The protest took place on the last scheduled day of Cop26, although the summit is expected to last until the weekend.

A protester tries to break through the fence at the Cop26 site (Andrew Milligan / PA)

After walking through the site, they joined a rally organized by Fridays for Future, Extinction Rebellion and other groups at the gates of Finnieston Street.

One of those who spoke at the People’s Plenary was Ta’Kaiya Blaney, an indigenous activist from Canada.

She said: “Myself and others have been criminalized by our government.

“I watched (Canadian Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau pose for photos with indigenous land defenders, meanwhile the land defenders are taken political prisoners in their homes.”

Mary Church, Friends of the Earth Scotland, said the meeting aimed to express “deep frustration” with the climate summit.

She said: “We are getting closer and closer to the critical threshold of 1.5 ° C.

Climate change is already having an impact and threatening billions of lives. “

At the rally outside, activists gathered to express their anger at the climate negotiations.

Nayara Castiglioni Amaral, 29, a member of the Engajamundo climate youth group, was one of those who came to the conference from Brazil.

She told the PA News Agency, “He was such an important cop, but he was no different from the rest.

“They were promises, it’s really ‘blah blah.

“They are not making any progress in the text.”

She said the trip to Scotland was always worth it, saying “even though it’s far away, civil society has to be there”.

She added: “This past weekend was one of the biggest climate events.

“I think (the) city really came together and joined us in lobbying.”

Protesters wore red ribbons (Jane Barlow / PA)

Freddy Medina, from Chile, said droughts and periods of intense rain caused by climate change were wreaking havoc in his community of Putre in the Andes.

He said: “I think the civil society in Glasgow is very aware of what is going on and they have been very welcoming. “

When asked what he thought of the progress of Cop26, he added: “Sometimes it’s really frustrating, however, when you see people from different parts of the world building solutions and connections, you think it is possible to progress. “



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