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Dec 05, 2011 at 11:15am IST

Durban: Protests ahead of UN climate convention

Durban: More than 6000 people gathered in Durban to ask for climate justice ahead of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change.

Meanwhile, India has insisted on continuing with the Kyoto Protocol instead of creating a new climate treaty.

The appeal of the protestors are aimed at diplomats huddled in negotiations at the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change, who are looking at a new treaty to curb greenhouse gas emissions before the lapse of the Kyoto protocol.

Durban: Protests ahead of UN climate convention

India has insisted on continuing with the Kyoto Protocol instead of creating a new climate treaty.

The crowd, estimated at over 6000, snaked through the coastal city's downtown area shouting and singing against a backdrop of drums.

India has, meanwhile, made it clear that some of the issues that fell of the map in Cancun need to be brought back, namely the issue of equity, trade and intellectual property rights. India has also made it clear that it wants the Kyoto protocol to continue rather than launch a new process for a climate treaty.

"We feel that a second commitment period should be established under the Kyoto protocol," said J M Mauskar, Special Secretary MOEF.

As people take to the streets of Durban, it now remains to be seen what is being said outside will be heeded to inside.

It is a cry for climate justice and the people are hoping that they will be heard by the hundreds of world leaders gathered at the convention centre. What they are asking for is an extension of the Kyoto protocol that will apply to countries across the world.

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