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Photos showed a man with dreadlocks and red shorts desperately resisting officers

More than 20 protesters against climate change were arrested Tuesday morning during a mining conference in Melbourne.

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Ugly fighting ensued when protesters who blocked access to the city's convention center had to be physically removed.

Photos showed a man with dreadlocks and red shorts desperately resisting officers, while the images captured several police officers dragging a man through the face.

Photos showed a man with dreadlocks and red shorts desperately resisting officers

Photos showed a man with dreadlocks and red shorts desperately resisting officers

Ugly fighting ensued when protesters who blocked access to the city's convention center had to be physically removed

Ugly fighting ensued when protesters who blocked access to the city's convention center had to be physically removed

Ugly fighting ensued when protesters who blocked access to the city's convention center had to be physically removed

Reaction of miners to protests

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Organizers say the protest action is based on misconceptions about the mining industry.

& # 39; There is a misconception that if an mining industry does not work with sustainable principles in mind & # 39 ;, they said in a statement.

Mining is vital for the production of electricity, solar panels, batteries for electric cars, pacemakers and medical equipment and public transportation, they said.

This year, the conference will examine the importance of battery minerals used in the emerging market for electric cars and the growing importance of ethical investments for resource companies.

Activists picked up the center at multiple entrances and sang & # 39; land rights, not mining rights & # 39 ;, closed IMARC and & # 39; blood on your hands & # 39; while pushing back on a police line.

A Victoria Police spokesperson said: & The police have arrested more than 20 demonstrators outside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center.

& # 39; The protesters blocked the disabled and wheelchair access to the building and were asked to move but refused. The police withdrew and the protesters were arrested.

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& # 39; One police officer was slightly injured during an arrest and receives medical treatment on the spot. & # 39;

The international mining and resource conference began on Tuesday and will receive thousands of delegates from all over the world throughout the week.

Police say 11 different groups are planning to & # 39; maximum disruption & # 39; outside the conference, with protests likely to cross parts of the CBD.

More than 300 police officers will be assigned every day to ensure that activists do not violate the law or adversely affect the community.

The Extinction Rebellion group organized a week of climate protests early this month and Victoria Command commander Tim Tully said activists could step up their methods this time.

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& # 39; We expect increased tactics from the protest groups & # 39 ;, he told reporters in Melbourne on Monday.

& # 39; Our intelligence suggests that the demonstrators have planned, and are well coordinated, to undertake different tactics than what we saw, or very similar tactics to what we saw in recent protest activity.

More than 20 protesters against climate change (photo) were arrested Tuesday morning when they focused on a mine conference in Melbourne

More than 20 protesters against climate change (photo) were arrested Tuesday morning when they focused on a mine conference in Melbourne

More than 20 protesters against climate change (photo) were arrested Tuesday morning when they focused on a mine conference in Melbourne

Environmental protesters clash with the police outside the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center, Melbourne

Environmental protesters clash with the police outside the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center, Melbourne

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Environmental protesters clash with the police outside the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center, Melbourne

& # 39; We are well prepared to respond. & # 39;

A spokeswoman for one of the groups, IMARC Alliance, said they have no intention of causing damage in the CBD.

& # 39; Our intention has never been to disrupt the city … we want to end the conference with blocking tactics, & # 39; Emma Black told 3AW.

& # 39; Our enemy is not a motorist or the police, our enemies are the business leaders for mining. & # 39;

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But her group cannot control Extinction Rebellion, she said.

Acting Commander Tully said protest groups were unwilling to give the police a good idea of ​​what to expect.

A Victoria Police spokesperson said: & # 39; The police have arrested more than 20 demonstrators outside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center. & # 39; Pictured: demonstrators on the spot

A Victoria Police spokesperson said: & # 39; The police have arrested more than 20 demonstrators outside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center. & # 39; Pictured: demonstrators on the spot

A Victoria Police spokesperson said: & # 39; The police have arrested more than 20 demonstrators outside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center. & # 39; Pictured: demonstrators on the spot

A statement from the conference organizers said they welcomed the right of demonstrators to express their views, & # 39; but not to cause disruption & # 39 ;. Pictured: demonstrators on the spot

A statement from the conference organizers said they welcomed the right of demonstrators to express their views, & # 39; but not to cause disruption & # 39 ;. Pictured: demonstrators on the spot

A statement from the conference organizers said they welcomed the right of demonstrators to express their views, & # 39; but not to cause disruption & # 39 ;. Pictured: demonstrators on the spot

& # 39; It was very frustrating, the lack of involvement we have had, & # 39; he said.

A statement from the conference organizers said they welcomed the right of protesters to express their views, & # 39; but not to cause disruption & # 39 ;.

"Just like those outside of them have the right to protest peacefully, the 7,000 experts from around the world have the right to meet to discuss mining," a spokesperson said.

Victorian opposition leader Michael O & # 39; Brien said people should be able to do their business without being confronted with & # 39; constant demonstrations & # 39 ;.

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& # 39; It turns Melbourne into a joke and unless the prime minister starts giving the police the powers they need to do with it, it just goes on and on & & he says to reporters.

The conference on mining and resources is scheduled for three days.

The conference on mining and resources is scheduled for three days. Pictured: demonstrators on the spot

The conference on mining and resources is scheduled for three days. Pictured: demonstrators on the spot

The conference on mining and resources is scheduled for three days. Pictured: demonstrators on the spot

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