Riot police block protesters at UN climate talks

DURBAN, South Africa (AFP) – South African riot police on Friday blocked hundreds of protesters, mostly women farmers, from entering United Nations (UN) climate talks in Durban, according to an AFP photographer on the scene.

The demonstrators attempted to break through barriers surrounding the conference centre where some 15,000 diplomats, experts and NGOs are trying to breathe life into international negotiations tasked with fighting the threat of climate change.

About 50 police in full riot gear prevented the surging crowd from entering the venue, the photographer said.

The protesters fell back quickly, and there were no arrests or injuries, according to a policeman at the scene.

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