ACTIVISTS from the international environmental group Greenpeace gathered on Thursday on the left Danube bank near Hviezdoslavovo square in Bratislava, where US President George Bush was to address the Slovak people, for a peaceful protest against the US policy in climate protection.
The protesters unfurled a 40-metre long banner saying "USA: save the Climate Now", the SITA news wire reported.
Activists had some trouble with the police at the beginning.
Though the activists announced the rally to the city authorities in advance, police forced them to move 20 metres away from the original location at the New Bridge.
Greenpeace spokesman Juraj Rizman estimated that about 35 activists from six European countries would protest at the Danube.
They want to turn Bush and Putin's attention, as well as that of journalists, to problems in protecting the world climate.
Though the US is the world's biggest producer of greenhouse gases Bush still has not signed the Kyoto Protocol on curbing their emissions.
Bush sealed a declaration on climate protection with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, but this does not specify any concrete steps, says Rizman.
Greenpeace wants to continue its protest on Thursday until 17:00.
Prepared by Spectator staff from press reports
24. Feb 2005 at 13:05