Police brandishing batons have been involved with small skirmishes with protestors from the Climate Justice Collective (CJC) outside the UK Energy Summit in London.
Hundreds of protesters from climate campaign groups from around the country teamed up to block the event in the City of London. Once they arrived at the Grange Hotel, protestors attempted to enter the building with banners and giant model dinosaurs as a reference to the outdated ‘dinosaur technology’ of fossil fuels.
The protestors claim police have allegedly used batons and pepper spray while trying to control the crowd. They also claim some protestors have been injured.
CJC is a national network – which says it tackles corporate control, fuel poverty and climate change – is behind the protest titled ‘The Big Six Energy Bash’.
ELN’s Vicky Ellis, who was reporting from inside the event had been denied access to the protests, but has now managed to leave the hotel and will bring more reports throughout the day.
City of London Police told ELN they are investigating the matter and can’t comment on police tactics used. But a spokeswoman confirmed there had so far been two arrests for breach of the peace and the police were using a “proportionate response” to the protest. The police say they have no reports of any injuries.