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Protesters crash climate meeting attended by northern leaders

A few dozen protesters at the United Nations' climate change summit in Copenhagen tried to crash a meeting attended by northern Canadian leaders.
Danish police arrest some of the dozens of protesters who tried to disrupt a climate meeting Tuesday in Copenhagen. ((Patricia Bell/CBC))

A few dozen protesters at the United Nations' climate change summit in Copenhagen tried to crash a meeting attended by northern Canadian leaders on Tuesday.

Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak was speaking at the event, which was also attended by Northwest Territories Premier Floyd Roland, Yukon deputy premier Elaine Taylor, Quebec Premier Jean Charest and Prince Albert II of Monaco.

The protesters, carrying signs and shouting chants, rushed into the foyer of the meeting venue and tried to enter the conference room where the event was taking place.

Danish police say they are deciding whether charges will be laid against the protesters, who were dragged out of the building and detained.

In recent days, protesters have been targeting events around Copenhagen to express their discontent with efforts by nations to reach a strong agreement on climate change.

With files from the CBC's Patricia Bell