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Activists press on with plans to fly Trump baby blimp in Copenhagen

Opponents of Donald Trump in Denmark are to continue with plans to fly a controversial six-metre balloon depicting the US president as a baby with a smartphone in his hand.

Activists press on with plans to fly Trump baby blimp in Copenhagen
The Trump baby blimp in Dublin earlier this year. It is to fly in Copenhagen in September, despite the US president's postponement of a planned state visit. Photo: Padraic Halpin/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpi

Protestors had planned to fly the protest balloon during the September 2nd-3rd state visit which was cancelled by Trump on Tuesday, apparently due to Denmark’s unwillingness to countenance selling Greenland to the United States.

But demonstrations at the US Embassy in Copenhagen will go ahead as planned, according to media A4 Nu.

“We were painting banners when we found out the visit was cancelled. But we are sticking to the demo. We will do it in solidarity with Greenland and to show we are against racism. That has not changed, even though (Trump) is not coming. He wouldn’t have seen us anyway,” Bwalya Sørensen, a spokesperson for the demonstration Stop Trump DK, told the media.

25 organisations are involved in the planned demonstration, with 13,000 people having signalled their interest in attending via the protest’s Facebook event.

The blimp, six metres in height and depicting a baby-like Trump in a diaper with a smartphone in his hand, will be included in the demonstration as planned, after being delivered to Denmark last week.

The balloon has been included in several anti-Trump demonstrations in various locations globally.

“The Trump baby balloon is more relevant than ever before. Trump is acting like a baby who won’t come (to Denmark) because he can’t get what he wants,” Sørensen told A4 Nu.

Trump announced the postponement in a tweet in the early hours of Wednesday, Danish time.

“Based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen's comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will be postponing our meeting scheduled in two weeks for another time,” the president wrote.

“The Prime Minister was able to save a great deal of expense and effort for both the United States and Denmark by being so direct. I thank her for that and look forward to rescheduling sometime in the future!” he added.

READ ALSO: Danes pour scorn on Trump after state visit postponement

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ENVIRONMENT

Greenland passes law banning uranium mining

Greenland's parliament voted Tuesday to ban uranium mining and exploration in the vast Danish territory, following through on a campaign promise from the ruling left-wing party which was elected earlier this year.

Greenland's parliament voted on November 9th to ban uranium mining. Prime Minister Mute Egede, pictured, said earlier this month he wanted to join the Paris climate agreement.
Greenland's parliament voted on November 9th to ban uranium mining. Prime Minister Mute Egede, pictured, said earlier this month he wanted to join the Paris climate agreement. File photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

The Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA) party won snap elections in April that were originally triggered by divisions over a controversial uranium and rare earth mining project.

The IA won 12 seats in the 31-seat Greenlandic national assembly, beating its rival Siumut, a social democratic party that had dominated politics in the island territory since it gained autonomy in 1979.

On Tuesday 12 MPs in the national assembly voted to ban uranium mining, with nine voting against. 

The IA had campaigned against exploiting the Kuannersuit deposit, which is located in fjords in the island’s south and is considered one of the world’s richest in uranium and rare earth minerals.

The project, led by the Chinese-owned Australian group Greenland Minerals, has not yet been officially abandoned.

But French group Orano announced in May it would not launch exploration despite holding permits to do so.

The massive natural riches of the vast island — measuring two million square kilometres, making it larger than Mexico — have been eyed by many, but few projects have been approved.

The island is currently home to two mines: one for anorthosite, whose deposits contain titanium, and one for rubies and pink sapphires.

While Greenland’s local government is not opposed to all mining activities, it has also banned all oil exploration over concerns for the climate and the environment.

Earlier this month Prime Minister Mute Egede said he wanted to join the Paris climate agreement, which Greenland is one of the few countries not to have ratified.

READ ALSO: Greenland seabed scoured for marine diamonds

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