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Trump baby blimp flies over Copenhagen

US President Donald Trump’s scrapped state visit to Denmark was scheduled to take place on Monday and Tuesday. His inflatable likeness has kept to the original timetable.

Trump baby blimp flies over Copenhagen
The Trump baby blimp during inflation in Copenhagen on Monday. Photo: Niels Christian Vilmann/Ritzau Scanpix

A large inflatable balloon, which depicts a baby-like Trump holding a smartphone, was filled with air and floated above the Danish capital on Monday.

“A lot of us think it actually makes more sense to do this now that (Trump) isn’t coming,” demonstrator Morten Skovgaard told Politiken.

Skovgaard, a digital activist and founder of the Facebook Page “Bring Trump Baby to Denmark!” originally struck a deal with US activists to bring the six-metre-tall protest balloon to Copenhagen for Trump's September 2nd state visit. 

That plan has now gone ahead with the participation of other demonstrators, despite the later cancellation of the visit by Trump.

“Logistically, this is also easier. It’s doubtful whether we’d have been allowed to put it up if he’d actually been here… The fact he isn’t coming doesn’t change our agenda, which is to make a lot of noise and draw attention to how annoying (Trump) is, and how much he acts like a child,” Skovgaard told the newspaper.

The US president abruptly cancelled his visit last month after Danish PM Mette Frederiksen ruled out selling Greenland to the United States.

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The controversial balloon, which has also been used in demonstrations over Trump visits in cities including Dublin and London, has had critics in Denmark, with some arguing that it signals a similar immaturity to the one of Trump is being accused.

Nanna Zerlang, another of the activists behind the Danish demonstrations, rejected criticism.

“It’s a big balloon, so people’s thoughts and so on can easily fill the balloon. There’s no right or wrong,” Zerlang told Politiken.

The Trump blimp will float over Kongens Nytorv, a busy square in central Copenhagen, until 7pm on Monday. Meanwhile, a demonstration will take place outside the US Embassy at 5pm.

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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.

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