A Danish court has given two-week suspended sentences to 11 environmental activists, including two Swiss, over an unusual protest at the 2009 world climate conference.
The Greenpeace members gatecrashed 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 after gaining access to the building in a limousine equipped with a false police light. One of the Swiss took on the role of bodyguard; after his arrest he spent 20 days in detention in Denmark. It is not clear what role the other Swiss played.
The Copenhagen City Court found the protestors guilty of trespassing, falsifying a licence plate and impersonating a police officer. The Greenpeace office in Copenhagen that planned the stunt was fined 75,000 kroner (SFr11,400).
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