Thursday, December 17, 2009

Copehagen: Group therapy

Copenhagen police tackle 4,000-strong climate protest

On a day when NGOs were given limited access to the Copenhagen summit, protesters marched on the Bella centre to reclaim the climate debate back to the people most affected

Or so says the headline from the guardian to a video feature on the Copenhagen protests. But what the hell does that mean, "reclaiming the climate debate?" Is there any point at all to these protests? Do we want these people "reclaiming the debate?"

I heard a radio report on BBC the other day and the protesters were talking about what they were doing as if it were an activists convention--oh, it was so nice to reconnect with activists from around the world. It's all so heartwarming, blah blah blah. Street protest as a form of therapy? Is that what this is?