Greenpeace Spain blasts Danish over detentions

22nd December 2009, Comments 0 comments

Greenpeace Director Juan Lopez de Uralde and other members were arrested after they fooled security staff by arriving at the Danish royal palace during a dinner by heads of state at the climate conference.

Madrid – Greenpeace Spain Monday condemned the "disproportionate" treatment by Danish authorities of its director, who was jailed after he gatecrashed a gala dinner at the UN climate summit.

"It seems extreme, unfair and disproportionate that (Juan) Lopez de Uralde and the other three members of our organisation are in prison for defending the climate, to unfurl a banner calling on politicians to act," said the campaign director of Greenpeace Spain, Mario Rodriguez Vargas.

Lopez de Uralde and another Greenpeace activist, Norwegian Nora Christiasen, were arrested on Thursday after they fooled security staff by arriving at the Danish royal palace during a dinner by heads of state at the climate conference.

They unfurled banners reading "Politicians Talk, Leaders Act" at the entrance.

Police said they will remain in custody until 7 January.

A Dutch man arrested on Friday evening in connection with the incident has also been detained until 7 January.

Another Greenpeace protester, 37-year-old Swiss national Christian Schmutz Leinhart, posed as their bodyguard.

"It is shameful that they are held in isolation and only have contact with their lawyers, not even with their family. We only know about him through the efforts of the Spanish embassy," said Rodriguez.

He said if an appeal is successful, they could be freed "today or tomorrow".

Spanish Environment Minister Elena Espinosa said Monday that the government is helping to resolve the situation.

AFP / Expatica

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