By Beth Daley. Globe Staff
COPENHAGEN – As international climate negotiations continued to crawl forward today, mayhem broke out at the talks' headquarters in the Bella Center, as hundreds of angry activists inside and outside clashed with riot-gear wearing police who used tear gas against the crowds.
More than 100 protesters, frustrated at the slow pace of the talks in its last 48 hours, began a walkout from the enormous Bella Center around noon, shouting, "rights" and "climate justice now." Outside, they were met by hundreds of other demonstrators walking to the Bella Center from a nearby train station.
Earlier, a large group from Friends of the Earth staged a large sit-in at the center's entrance lobby because they were not allowed in any more.
In a YouTube video posted by World Wildlife Fund, UN climate change chief Yvo de Boer is shown trying to explain to the group that room inside was needed for the growing government delegations and security staffs as some 115 heads of state began to arrive. The video shows de Boer was shouted down by a small number of protesters.
More than 200 were reportedly detained.
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