Update November 29, 2015

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Paris human chain gives emotional jolt

Sumel Sarker


Paris human chain gives emotional jolt

29 November 2015, Nirapad News: Protesters linked hands near the violent heart of the Paris terror attacks Sunday, giving an emotional jolt to world leaders flying into the French capital to try to save Earth from a climate catastrophe, says an online report.

As hundreds of thousands of people joined worldwide protests, the human chain aimed to send a highly symbolic message to leaders on the eve of the official opening of a 195-nation UN climate summit in Paris.

French authorities cancelled two climate demonstrations following the onslaught by gunmen and suicide bombers which killed 130 people across the city on November 13.

Instead of marching, activists left thousands of pairs of shoes—weighing more than four tonnes according to organisers—on the ground at the Place de la Republique square. One pair of running shoes was left by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

In the first organised demonstration in the French capital since the attacks, climate protesters of all ages lined the wind-blown streets to link up in a two-kilometre (1.2-mile) human chain instead of holding a march.

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