Extinction Rebellion protest at Three Counties Showground – BBC News


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Protesters had been sitting on top of bamboo structures, Extinction Rebellion said

Climate change protesters say gates have been blocked at the site of a defence and security event.

Extinction Rebellion, which is at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, said military emissions were "seldom highlighted in discussions about the climate emergency".

Four gates had been blocked by people on top of bamboo structures, it stated.

The site said this should not have any impact on visitors attending the Three Counties Defence and Security Expo.

Others protesters were locked into heavy concrete blocks in front of the entrances, Extinction Rebellion added.

It stated this was part of a "series of actions" in Glasgow and elsewhere during the COP26 global climate summit.

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People were locked into concrete blocks in front of entrances, the climate protest group said

Chris Aldridge, from the showground, said he had spoken to organisers and "they had plans in place if this did happen, so it shouldn't have any impact on visitors attending".

He stated: "It is a private closed event, so it is only open to police, ministry and those businesses that are involved in cyber security.

"We've got protesters at each of our main gates, but the organisers of the event as I understand it... they've got... plans to mitigate against this."

BBC Midlands Today reporter Giles Latcham said "60 or so protesters" had been blocking entrances to the showground, "some of them chained together, their arms inside heavy steel pipes".

People attending the event were forced to park in a field nearby and walk onto the site.

A Covid vaccination centre is also on the site and one man said he had been prevented from having his jab.

Protesters said people attending for pre-booked appointments were let through.

The event, 3CDSE, has been invited by the BBC to comment.

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The protest was part of a "series of actions" in Glasgow and elsewhere, Extinction Rebellion said

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