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Denmark Gives Suspended Sentences To Greenpeace Activists For Crashing Climate Summit Banquet

A Danish court on Monday handed two-week suspended sentences to 11 Greenpeace activists who gatecrashed a climate summit banquet in Copenhagen two years ago.

The activists unfurled a banner at a December 2009 banquet of world leaders after gaining access to the building in a limousine equipped with a false police light that joined a convoy of vehicles en route to the venue.

The Copenhagen City Court found the protesters guilty of trespassing, falsifying a license plate and impersonating a police officer. The Greenpeace Nordic office in the Danish capital, which planned the stunt, was fined 75,000 kroner ($14,500).

The activists included demonstrators from Spain, Switzerland, Norway and Netherlands.

In Belgium, 10 Greenpeace protesters were given one-month suspended sentences in March for a similar stunt at a 2009 European Union climate summit.

The activists got into the Brussels meeting by arriving in a shiny Mercedes, using fake accreditation and wore suits to blend in with European leaders. In front of dozens of cameras and journalists a demonstrator read from a text urging more EU action on climate change before being whisked away.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/22/denmark-sentences-greenpeace-activists-climate-summit_n_932799.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008