Ministers arrive, demonstrators hit streets

Climate talks ramped up a level Saturday as high-level ministers arrived and went behind closed doors to hash out differences over negotiating texts.

But the real excitement was in downtown Copenhagen, where tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in the streets to voice their support for strong action to stop climate change.

Desmond Tutu led a peaceful candle light vigil. And a few hundred demonstrators who got rowdy early on quickly found themselves lined up and handcuffed by Danish police.

Police line up Copenhagen demonstrators

Police line up Copenhagen demonstrators

A contingent of demonstrators marched across town to the Bella Center where ministers were expected to continue talks through the weekend. Here’s a link to a CNN story on the march.

Inside the Bella Center, the chair’s draft text released Friday opened up fault lines over finance numbers and compliance rules.

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