Climate activist complains that she was beaten by the police with a baton – but officers claim that it is the demonstrators who are violent while another day of protests begins
- Emma Black claims she was caught and beaten by the police
- She said she & # 39; this kind of aggression & # 39; had never seen it after 10 years of protesting
- Mrs. Black is one of the 100 demonstrators outside the Melbourne Convention Center
- More than 60 demonstrators have been arrested by police on various offenses
A climate change activist claims that an agent has struck her several times with a stick and beaten at a protest – but the police say there was no violent one.
Emma Black was one of the approximately 100 demonstrators who gathered outside the convention and exhibition center in Melbourne on Thursday.
& # 39; I have been an activist for 10 years. I've never seen this kind of aggression before, & Black told sunrise on Thursday, prior to a third day of protests outside of a mine conference.
Protesters continue to hold a blockade during a third day of protests against the International Mining and Resources Conference on Thursday
About 100 demonstrators gathered on Thursday outside the convention and exhibition center in Melbourne
The police have arrested more than 60 demonstrators for various violations, including animal abuse against a horse.
On Wednesday, around 300 demonstrators tried to block access, and some clung to the ground or swung poles.
Police say the activists' tactics had escalated since the conference started on Tuesday.
A group put on glasses, masks and raincoats and covered themselves with wet paint to prevent the Victoria police from touching them after several arrests earlier this week.
Officers have warned that they will & # 39; respond & # 39; as demonstrators continue to try to prevent delegates from visiting the International Mining and Resources Conference.
Mrs. Black claimed that she was following the police instructions when she was hit.
& # 39; I raised both hands, which is a universal signal of submission, and while trying to get away from the action and sticking to the police, I was repeatedly grabbed and hit by an officer & # 39 ;, said Black .
& # 39; Now that particular police officer was then withdrawn and instructed to do this. & # 39;
More than 60 protesters have been arrested by police for various violations (photo: climate change activists outside the Convention Center, Melbourne)
The police were strongly present during the three days of protests against the activities of mining and raw materials companies in Melbourne
Ms. Black claimed that mining companies & # 39; slaughtered thousands of people and displaced indigenous communities & # 39; and & # 39; the climate have continued to destroy & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I have repeatedly said in every interview that we support a sustainable transition to green jobs. That's what we're here for, & Mrs. Black said.
& # 39; Those companies are not currently working on that transition. We want to put pressure on that.
& # 39; We want the Daniel Andrews government to take serious action against climate change. We want them to immediately switch from fossil fuels. & # 39;
Scenes were chaotic outside the convention center, attended by around 100 demonstrators
Climate activist Emma Black (photo) claims the police repeatedly hit her with a stick during Tuesday's demonstration
While Black accused the police of & # 39; heinous & # 39; treatment of demonstrators, Victoria Police says that its officers have measured their work on a & # 39; measured & # 39; do this way.
Commander Libby Murphy said protesters & # 39; more violent & # 39; as the protests continued.
& # 39; The opinion of Victoria Police is that we are not crackdown and respond to the actions initiated by the demonstrators, & # 39; said Commander Murphy, as reported by the ABC.
& # 39; We do things lawfully and we do things that are consistent with policies and everything that concerns someone that we will review and make our own assessment. & # 39;
Commander Murphy said protesters had spit against the police.
Officers used pepper spray to divide the crowd. At least two demonstrators came to the meeting of the International Mining and Resources Conference, one of which stormed the stage before it was removed.
The protest will be closed on Thursday prior to a march led by Extinction Rebellion Youth in the CBD from 10 am and another demonstration in the evening.
A conference organizer said the security coverage for the three-day meeting is constantly being updated while we seek advice from the Victoria Police.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Victoria Police for comments.
Police officers distributed crowds during the demonstration during the three days of protests
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