More than 20 climate change demonstrators were arrested on Tuesday morning when they targeted a mining conference in Melbourne.
There were ugly brawls when protesters who blocked access to the city's convention center were physically removed.
The pictures showed a man with dreadlocks and red shorts desperately fighting officers while several policemen held onto a man who pulled a man's face away while others used pepper spray on demonstrators.
Two of the protesters were arrested for alleged animal abuse after a police horse was attacked, the Victoria police said.
The Victoria police are using OC spray for environmental protesters outside the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center
Environmental protesters clash with police on Tuesday in front of the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center
The demonstrators (pictured) blocked access for the disabled and wheelchair users to the building and were asked to move, but refused
The activists went on strike at several entrances to the center. Pictured: The Victoria police use OC spray
A protester is loaded into an ambulance after an injury outside the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center
Miners respond to protests
The organizers say the protest is based on misconceptions about the mining industry.
"There is a misunderstanding that mining as an industry does not work according to sustainable principles," said a statement.
Mining is crucial for the production of electricity, solar panels, batteries for electric cars, pacemakers, medical devices and public transport.
This year, the conference will examine the importance of battery minerals used in the emerging electric car market and the growing importance of ethical investments for resource companies.
The activists went on strike at several of the center's entrances and sang "land rights instead of mining rights, shutdown IMARC" and "blood on your hands" as they pressed against a police line.
A spokesman for the Victoria Police said: “The police have arrested more than 20 demonstrators outside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center.
The demonstrators blocked access for the disabled and wheelchair users to the building and were asked to move, but refused. The police moved in and the demonstrators were arrested.
"A police officer was slightly injured during an arrest and is receiving medical treatment on site."
The International Mining and Resources Conference started on Tuesday and will host thousands of delegates from around the world throughout the week.
According to the police, 11 different groups are planning to cause "maximum disruption" outside the conference, with protests likely to be spread across parts of the CBD.
More than 300 police officers are deployed daily to ensure that activists do not break the law or harm the community.
The Extinction Rebellion group conducted climate protests for a week earlier this month, and Victoria Police Acting Commander Tim Tully said activists could improve their methods this time.
"We expect the protest groups to use more tactics," he told reporters in Melbourne on Monday.
“Our information suggests that the demonstrators have planned and are well coordinated to use tactics other than the ones we saw or very similar tactics to those we saw in the recent protest activity.
A peaceful protester who has not been arrested poses in front of the camera with a police horse during the protests
Environmental protesters clash with police outside Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center
Pictures showed a man with dreadlocks and red shorts, who was fighting desperately against officers
There were ugly brawls when protesters who blocked access to the city's convention center were physically removed
More than 20 climate change demonstrators (pictured) were arrested on Tuesday morning when they targeted a mining conference in Melbourne
A spokeswoman for one of the groups, IMARC Alliance, said she did not plan to cause chaos in the CBD. Pictured: The police use OC spray
"We are well prepared to answer."
A spokeswoman for one of the groups, IMARC Alliance, said she did not plan to cause chaos in the CBD.
"It was never our intention to disturb the city … we want to use blockade tactics to close the conference," Emma Black told 3AW.
"Our enemy is not drivers or the police, our enemies are the managers of corporate mining."
But her group cannot control those like Extinction Rebellion, she said.
Acting commander Tully said protest groups are unwilling to make the police feel good about what to expect.
A Victoria Police spokesman said, "The police have arrested more than 20 demonstrators outside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center." Pictured: demonstrators on site
A statement released by the conference organizers welcomed the right of demonstrators to make their views known, "but not to cause interference." Pictured: demonstrators on site
"It was very frustrating that we didn't get involved," he said.
A statement released by the conference organizers welcomed the right of demonstrators to make their views known, "but not to cause interference."
"Just as outsiders have the right to protest peacefully, the 7,000 experts from around the world have the right to meet to discuss mining," a spokesman said.
Victorian opposition leader Michael O & # 39; Brien said people should be allowed to do business without being confronted with "constant demonstrations".
"It makes Melbourne a joke, and if the prime minister doesn't give the police the powers they need, it will just go on," he told reporters.
The mining and resource conference is expected to last three days.
The mining and resource conference is expected to last three days. Pictured: demonstrators on site
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