Arrests and protests at NATO conference in Edinburgh

A group of people have been arrested trying
to gain access to the final day of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly conference at
Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

They were arrested for attempting to gain
illegal entry to a secured building without an accredited pass, after being
spotted walking through the front door of the conference
venue.

A number of other protesters attempted to
chain themselves to the railings outside the
building.

EICC head
of events Karen Wood tells conference-news: “The NATO Parliamentary
Assembly has been held at the EICC previously and security planning with police
started over 12 months ago.

“We knew
there was a specific threat from anti-war protesters to attempt to disrupt the
meeting and that a march and demonstration was also planned.

“As always
in these circumstances our events and security teams are focused on delivering a
successful meeting, whilst balancing the rights of peaceful protesters. EICC is
a very secure building and we have operated with airport levels of security this
week.

“On the
final day of the assembly a small group of demonstrators did attempt to reach
the main entrance to the conference centre prior to the start of the final
plenary session but they did not gain access to the building and proceedings
were not disrupted.”

The major
NATO meeting attracted over 600 delegates between 13 and 17
November.

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

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