Thousands of empty shoes stand in for climate protesters banned in Paris

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The square was supposed to be filled with thousands of protesters, but instead, it was only their shoes

Thousands of pairs of shoes were placed in neat rows in Paris’ Place de la Republique on Sunday. The area was set to be filled with environmental activists ahead of the nearby COP21 climate talks. But in the wake of the deadly terror attacks in the city on Nov. 13, French officials banned large-scale demonstrations, citing security concerns.

Among the shoes were a pair of plain black loafers sent by Pope Francis, who has long been an outspoken advocate of climate change awareness and prevention. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon also contributed a pair of sneakers. Read more…

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