Barcelona, Spain (PressExposure) January 14, 2010 -- The Director of Greenpeace in Spain, Juan LÃ³pez de Uralde, was finally freed on January 14th 2010 from the Copenhague prison where he and his supporters from the organization were being held after they were arrested. They managed to make their way into the banquet hall and brandish protest banners during a dinner hosted by the Queen of Denmark to celebrate the Copenhagen Climate Summit held in December. These activists had been rejected bail by the Danish authorities and have spent Christmas and New Years behind bars with no access to media or lawyers, in "preventive custody".
During their 20 days of confinement the prisoners were not allowed to receive visitors. Several demostrations have been held both in Spain and in Copenhagen over the past three weeks in protest to the decision made by the Danish authorities to refuse to release them on bail.
On his release yesterday, Lopez de Uralde said that their protest had been peaceful, and made a mockery of the "excessive" response of the Danish authorities down to the fact that Danish security forces had been shamed since the Greenpeace activists had found it so easy to get past security and enter what was the Summit's most high-profile social event, hosted by Denmark's Head of State and attended by many world leaders.
Lopez thanked supporters for the protests and said that if it hadn't been for the constant pressure put on the Danish authorities, he and his colleagues would have been "left to rot inside". A small group of thirty Greenpeace members and relatives greeted the four activists with applause at the gates of the prison yesterday.