KATOWICE, Poland – Environmental groups announced on Friday that at least 13 activists traveling to Poland to attend the climate summit in the United States had been expelled or refused by the authorities.
The Climate Action Network, a coordination group made up of hundreds of organizations from around the world, has criticized the actions of the Polish police, calling them "extremely worrying".
She named one of those banned entry people as a Belgian-based activist, Zanna Vanrenterghem. She said that she was traveling by train when she was stopped by police at the Polish border with the Czech Republic.
"It was said that it was threatening Polish security," said Wendel Trio, director of CAN's European office.
He added that Vanrenterghem, who spoke at a major demonstration in Brussels last weekend, was taken to a police station in the town of Bielsko Biala where she was interrogated. She was later deported to a train for the night in Vienna.
"It seems to have been on a blacklist," said Trio, adding that attempts at intervention by Belgian diplomats had been unsuccessful.
A spokeswoman for the Polish border guards said she had no information about it.
Environmental group 350.org said the other activists concerned included six Ukrainians, two US and Germany, and one from Kyrgyzstan and Georgia.
The two-week climate meeting in the city of Katowice, in southern Poland, will bring together officials from nearly 200 countries, campaign groups, scientists and companies to discuss efforts to address climate change. fight against global warming.
Climate activists plan to go through Katowice on Saturday to demand more action from governments to tackle climate change.
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