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Worldwide Protests Ahead Of Paris Climate Summit

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Over the weekend, people from across the world have hit the streets in protest for the global climate march. It comes ahead of the climate summit in Paris.

The cornerstone of the protests were to be held in Paris, but after the terrorist attacks more than two weeks ago, that left 130 people dead, French police banned large protests.

Despite the ban, Parisians took to the streets, but were met with force from police, who fired tear gas and detained more than 100 people. To counter this, the Place de la Republique became the site of the “marching shoes” instillation, in which protestors left a pair of shoes, symbolising those banned from protesting.

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Paris — Image Credit NY Times

The global climate march was largely a success in other cities including London, Vienna, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Hong Kong and Manila.

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Hong Kong — Image Credit Dale De La Rey / AFP / Getty Images
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London — Image Credit Chris Ratcliffe / Getty Images
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A man at Ipanema Beach held a jug of water with a sign reading “Water: 100 Reals” ($26) to signal the devastating effects of drought that come with climate change — Image Credit Christophe Simon / AFP / Getty Images

In Melbourne, up to 60,000 participated in the march, making it the largest protest of this weekend. London followed closely behind with 50,000.

Melbourne -- Image Credit Daily Mail
Melbourne — Image Credit Daily Mail
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Sydney — Image Credit Yahoo

Sydney also hosted its own protest, with thousands of people gathering at The Domain before marching to the Opera House.

The Paris climate summit hopes discuss ways to keep temperatures from rising by more than two degrees Celsius — the limit scientists say would trigger dangerous climate change.