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Climate protestors on trial in Denmark

Two Swiss are among 11 environmental activists who appeared in a Copenhagen court on Monday after an unusual protest at the 2009 world climate conference.

The Greenpeace members are on trial after gate crashing a dinner party given by Queen Margrethe of Denmark. Once inside, they held up signs demanding action to stop global warming.

Their banners read: “Politicians talk, leaders act.”

Two of the protestors posed as the president and first lady of Georgia. One of the Swiss took on the role of bodyguard; after his arrest he spent 20 days in detention in Denmark. The role of the other Swiss person is unclear.

Greenpeace spokeswoman Franziska Rosenmund said on Monday the activists are charged with trespassing, falsifying records and misrepresentation.

If found guilty, they could face prison sentences of up to two years. The verdict is expected on August 19.

swissinfo.ch and agencies


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