Greenpeace activists arrested in climate demo

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Six Greenpeace campaigners were arrested on the sidelines of the UN climate conference on Monday as they protested against corporate responsibility for carbon emissions.

The six were detained as they tried to hang a banner reading "Listen to the People, not the Polluters" at a Durban hotel where a "Global Business Day," hosted by business organisations, was taking place.

The protest aimed at a so-called "Dirty Dozen" corporations which Greenpeace says are pulling political strings to stifle progress towards a global climate deal.

The incident happened outside Durban's International Conference Centre (ICC), which has been declared United Nations territory for the duration of the 12-day marathon.

The talks in Durban are taking place under the flag of the 194-nation UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The forum has drawn 15,000 people, including government delegates, campaigners, business and the media.

The meeting, ending Friday, has been struggling to make headway on apportioning curbs in greenhouse-gas emissions, blamed for dangerous climate change.

© 2011 AFP

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