Thursday nov. 19th there will be a second reading in the parliament and we will be outside too
From noon to 4 pm we will assemble and when the reading start we will start drumming and whistling and so on.
At 4 pm we will start speakers and music-programme – speakers known by now is Bjørn Elmquist, Legalpolitics Association, Jan Hoby, LFS-Union, the refuse collectors, Climate Justice Action, Oprør, support liberation struggles, and music known is Arne Würgler – more to come.
If you can
help with the announcement, posters etc. in
3rd and last reading is set to thursday nov. 26th and the law will be in effect dec. 3rd.
Several Organizations has sent protests Unions, Amnesty International, juridical experts, judges associations, those working in the prisons, workers between peoples, climate-groups and organizations, children organizations ao.
Wednesday nov. 10th the government held a hearing - participants were allowed to speak.
There was a public Critical hearing at tuesday nov. 3rd in Copenhagen, with lawyers, representatives from the building unions, from the climate justice movements, members of the parliament a.o. Organized by CeRePo (www.cerepo.dk) – the notes were send to the ministry.
There was a demonstration at wednesday nov. 4th leaving from Blaagaards Plads at 4pm to the parlament: The "hoodlum" law is a bomb under democracy, law-certainty and human rights.
The law was negociated in the parlament 1st time wednesday nov. 4th afternoon.
Facebookgroup http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=177782349600#/group.php?gid=169325970772 keep updating on theese activities in danish.
government is presently preparing a proposal (I've translated it into something
like the turmoil/riot law package) in order to change the legislation which -
if it is passed by the parliament - will have serious consequences for people
participating in the CJA actions during the COP15.
The content of this law package was announced Sunday the 18th October, less than two month before COP 15, and will be tabled for the Parliament within the next couple of weeks. It is obvious me ready before the COP.
The idea is not to scare anyone with this mail as it is not even sure that this law will be adopted. Even if it is adopted, its hardly realistic that it will be used against big groups of people. But it is important for all of you to be updated on the Danish situation and because it is necessary to establish international pressure and attention in the media on the issue. It is crucial to bring forward that its not only danish activists who is against this legislation but also international community groups and social movements whom are fighting for a fair and just climate agreement.
In the following I will present:
* a short update on the content of the package,
* a run through of what the Danish part of the CJA
media group have been doing so far, and what will be done in the near future in
relation to the law package.
* an overview of relevant actors who have been commenting against the law package
* And urge all of you - who have any time on your hands - to speak against this law being adopted because of all the consequences the enactment will have.
The content of the law package
The overall content in the suggested so-called riot package is:
* /Preventive arresting/: The police already have the legal means to detain people for up to 6 hours, if they assess that someone is about to break the law. In the new law package the time limit will be increased to 12 hours for pre-emptive arrest. (I just confirmed with the ministry of justice that its the same time limits for international activists)
* /Hinder the authorities (police, fire brigade or ambulance service) from doing their job/: Normally the penalty is a fine if it's the first time a person is convicted. However one can be punished with up to 1½ year in prison. In the riot package the punishment will be increased to 40 days in prison as the norm even if it is the first time you are convicted for this crime. The maximum punishment will still stay the same.
* /Vandalism in a situation where the public peace and order is disturbed (meaning during demoes etc.)/: Currently the penalty varies from a fine to 1½ of imprisonment. In the new law package the punishment will be increased with 50 % compared to the penalty before the package.
* /Breach of the peace/disorderly behavior and staying around after the police have broken up a demo:/ today the fine for staying in a demo that the police have broken up is 600 dkr. (80 euro), if you at the same time are showing disorderly behavior, the fine will be 1000 dkr.(134 euro). With the new law package the fines will be increased to respectively 3000 dkr. (403 euro) and 5000 dkr.(671 euro).
Its worth knowing that most often the police in
*What have we been doing so far in DK:*
We have been talking against the law package in most of the big Danish media's. Activist's from CJA have been among the most quoted persons talking against the law package the last couple of days. Today we are calling around to trade unions, big NGOs etc. who this law package could potentially also affect, and persuade them to speak out against the law package. Our focus is to show that a broad part of the Danish population will be hit by this legislation, and that it a limitation of peoples democratic rights in general. If we get a lot of positive responses, we will suggest to either do a open letter together with as many groups as possible, or doing a demonstration of some sort.
*Who else have been speaking out against this law package:*
So far, it have mainly been relevant experts (layer associations and university professors) and environmental groups that have communicated against the law package. Of other environmental groups PCA (Peoples Climate Action) have been among the most quoted, arguing that this law will scare people from participating in any type of demonstration, and that it will demonize demonstrators. The Climate Movement and the people behind the 12^th December Demonstration have said something similar and so have the Danish Action Aid. So far neither Greenpeace, WWF, Amnesty or any of the other big NGO'es existing in
*What would we like all of you to do:*
Create international attention about this matter, to show that the danish government do not want people to demonstrate in Copenhagen and will try to punish any demonstrators coming to Denmark to have their voices raised. To portrait
If you have any further question you are more than welcome to contact me directly on tannienyboe (a) gmail.com
This letter was sent oct. 28th from Participants at the Friends of the Earth Europe climate gathering in
Chotilsko, Czech republic Tord Björk, Sweden
Linda Ymker, The
Hannah Monnat, France
Dvaid Heller, Belgium
Palle Bendsen, Denmark
Sonja Meister, Germany
Kim Ejlertsen, Denmark
Meri Pukarinen, Finland
Molly Walsh, Ireland
Nicola Freeman, UK
Anna Drezkiewicz, Poland
Please feel free to send the same or a similar protest to the Danish Ministry of Justice. As the new law package will be decided in a fast track procedure by the Danish parliament already this week or early November it is useful that yuo send a protest as quick as posible and as an individual if yuo do not have tha chance to have an organization backing the statement on su¨ch a very short notice.
Send your protests to
Please send a copy also to tord.bjork (a) mjv.se so we can keep a track on the protests.