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Police arrest 17 after violence erupts on third day of anti-mining protest

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Anti-mining protesters have gathered outside the International Mining and Resources Conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for a third day.

The protesters linked arms in an attempt to prevent mining executives from entering the conference this morning, with several hit by OC spray while in scuffles with police.

Two protesters glued themselves to a car park access ramp to block vehicle entry.

Another two protesters scaled poles and attempted to unfurl a banner.

One of those men has been arrested, while the other has evaded police.

Protesters also marched on to Clarendon Street, blocking traffic for a short time, but police were quick to move them on.

3AW reporter on the scene, Pat Mitchell, said numbers are down compared to yesterday’s protest, but there has been conflict between police and protesters.

“There’s probably around half the number of protesters here, compared to yesterday,” he told 3AW’s Ross and John.

“There have been scuffles on the street.

“I’ve seen a few arrests, but nothing has been confirmed with police.

“The level of violence isn’t on the same scale as yesterday.”

Police arrested 17 protesters were arrested at the protest today, with the majority arrested for obstructing emergency services workers and conduct endangering life.

Yesterday, at least 47 people were arrested at the protest, including two people who were charged with animal cruelty for assaulting a police horse.

Four people were injured as police and protesters clashed yesterday. Three of those injured were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

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