Melbourne mining conference delegates tell of abuse by climate change protesters

Melbourne mining conference delegates tell of abuse by climate change protesters, by Nick Evans.

Conference delegates have told of being abused by protesters on their way into International Mining and Resources Conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Tuesday.

Some attendees, which included thousands of global delegates, reported being chased by individual protesters filming delegates entering amid shouts of “shame” and “murderer”.

Victoria Police have now arrested 50 people at the protest outside the conference with Acting Commander Tim Tully saying police have “shown a hell of a lot of discretion, a hell of a lot of tolerance”.

Commander Tully said the majority of offences related to obstruction of the footpath or obstructing an emergency service worker. …

Capsicum spray was fired into the crowd, with officers yelling at protesters to “get back” as attendees attempted to enter the conference. …

Commander Tully said four police officers had been injured while making arrests with three taken to hospital for injuries including a dislocated finger and minor head injuries. …

Protester Emma Black from the Blockade IMARC Activist Alliance said … she had been hit with a police baton on her right arm which was extremely swollen. She said her arms were raised and was trying to get out of the way when the officer hit her. …

More than 7000 delegates from about 100 countries are attending the three-day conference and organisers say the protest action is based on misconceptions about the mining industry. …

Mining was vital for the production of electricity, solar panels, electric car batteries, pacemakers and medical apparatus and public transport, they said. This year the conference will consider the importance of battery minerals, used in the emerging electric car market, and the growing importance of ethical investment for resource companies.

Meanwhile, everyone loves the Greenies in Melbourne:

The problem seems to be that in order for a protest to get attention, it now needs to be disruptive. In Washington DC, surely the most protested place on Earth, there are two public protests per day on average. No one takes any notice.

So, expect more of this.

PS: Are these demonstrators red or green?