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COP27: Sharm el-Sheikh gives Egypt tight grip over protests

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With turquoise seawaters and rich coral reefs, Egypt’s resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh has been touted as a picturesque location for this year’s United Nations global summit on climate change. But behind postcard-perfect appearances, it has become a tightly controlled fortress. Climate activists say the restrictions will discourage protests that have been a way for the public to raise their voices at past summits. Many working in tourism have been sent home for COP27, according to AP; those who stayed need special security cards. Vacationers have been turned back at security checkpoints surroun…

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