Long Live The Queen

by Einar Du Rietz

Finally the trial against the hooligans posing a security threat to the Queen of Denmark during the Copenhagen conference is starting. Naturally, Greenpeace is doing it’s best to ridicule the process, pointing out that “the eleven are also facing the obscure charge of having committed an offence against Denmark’s Queen.” , “… dusting off of this little known and as far as we can tell never before used law”.

You might argue that it was unnecessary for the Royal Court to host a gala dinner for this obscure gathering, or that it was bad judgement in the first place of the Danish government to make lives miserable and dangerous for Copenhageners by hosting the summit. However, severe rules protecting the Head of State – and in this case, one of the most admired monarchs in Europe – are neither uncommon, nor ridiculous.

It should also be noted that the other charges include, listed by Greenpeace themselves: “Trespass, falsification of documents, and impersonating a public official”.

You might want to add creating a general danger to the public, breach of security and general hooliganism.

At least, Greenpeace should be grateful they are not charged with what most decent people probably would suggest; High Treason.

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About the Author: Einar Du Rietz

Einar Du Rietz is a journalist and communications consultant based in Europe. He has authored several environmental reports for the Electrolux Group and written many blogs for the Center for the New Europe at CNE Environment.