Australia Protesters to return to mining conference
City commuters warned as protesters plan to swarm major mining conference
Climate protesters may again cause disruptions in Melbourne's CBD with activists planning to blockade a major mining conference over four days. Activists were meeting on Clarendon Street outside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 6am on Monday, to picket the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) which is running until Thursday. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
Climate activists rally to shut down Melbourne mining event
Hundreds of climate protesters have converged on a Melbourne conference centre in a bid to stop an international mining conference from going ahead. From 6am today, activists from 11 different groups began blocking entry to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre amid a heavy police presence. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
Almost 50 people were arrested on Tuesday outside the International Mining and Resources Conference, and a protester and two officers were taken to hospital after being injured.
Protesters claimed officers had been hostile towards them, but Victoria Police said they had shown discretion and tolerance in their handling of the demo.
While protest organisers said they had expected Tuesday to be the biggest of the three days of demonstrations, they added that the media attention so far makes it difficult to calculate how many might attend this week.
Conference organisers insisted it was "business as usual" and that the protests had failed to disrupt the meeting - attended by 7000 delegates.
Delegates heard about commitments within the industry to prioritise ethical sourcing and meet climate change goals, organisers said, having accused protesters of being misdirected in targeting the conference.
More clashes in climate change protest
Clashes between climate activist protesters and police officers have reignited today outside a major mining conference in Melbourne. Protest organisers have continued with the blockade of the Melbourne Convention Centre in Clarendon Street, where delegates from around the world are attending.Minister for Resources Matt Canavan has said he will be attending the conference today.Police officers are already out in force, outside the centre and crowd control barriers erected.© AAP Scuffles break out between police and protesters in Melbourne this morning outside a major mining conference.
Deputy Prime Minster Michael McCormack condemned the protesters as "absolutely disgraceful".
He told ABC News: "Mining and resources provides a lot of money, particularly for the welfare payments that a lot of those people are no doubt on."
The majority of Tuesday's arrests were related to failing to obey police direction or intentionally obstructing an emergency service worker.
Two people were arrested in relation to cruelty to animals after they allegedly struck a police horse.
Protester Camila Serra, 23, fell after being pushed by a police horse and was taken to the Alfred Hospital with a leg injury, while a man was treated at the scene for a cut to his head.
Four police officers suffered injuries including a dislocated finger and minor head injuries. Two of them were taken to hospital for treatment.
Police investigate 'inappropriate memes' on officer's social media .
For the second time in 24 hours Victoria Police have expressed their "extreme disappointment" at the behaviour of an officer.The same officer drew criticism for hand gestures he made during police clashes with protesters at the International Mining and Resources Conference in central Melbourne this week.
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