Protesters Besiege Climate Talks to Show Flood Risk

Dutch Environment Minister joins sandbag building demonstration.

Published: 18-Nov-2000

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (Reuters) - Thousands of environmentalists laid siege to climate change talks on Saturday to push for curbs on greenhouse gas emissions, building a sandbag wall at the venue to warn of the risk of flooding posed by global warming.

"The coming week in the Hague may prove to be one of the most important in the three and a half billion-year history of life on Earth," British campaigner Tony Juniper told the 5,000 demonstrators from around the world.

Minor scuffles ensued after a handful of protesters splashed green paint on windows of a building next to the talks venue where 180 countries are working out how to implement an international treaty on climate change treaty.

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