Five arrested at Cop26 as fights break out and police are sprayed with paint

Police arrested five people in Glasgow during the Cop26 summit protests

During the protests, in which hundreds marched through the city, “scuffles” broke out and the police were sprayed with spray cans.

The protest was one of several that took place in Glasgow today (Wednesday) as participants at the summit discussed the financial system.

Two of those arrested were arrested after the police sprayed them with paint. Aerosol cans were also confiscated.

Deputy Chief Constable Gary Ritchie said, “Attacks on officials who compromise their safety every day to keep the public safe and who take a supportive and rights-based approach to protest are totally unacceptable.”

Extinction Rebellion protesters left the steps of Buchanan Street shortly after noon before being held at a police line on Sauchiehall Street. Then they returned to themselves and walked down West Nile Street before moving to other parts of the city center.

The protest led to traffic obstructions in several places.

Several activists held a sit-in outside the SSE offices on Waterloo Street.

The march continued as activists, surrounded by police officers, refused to leave the entrance to the energy company.

Protesters also marched outside JP Morgan’s Glasgow offices, beating drums and singing.

Brawls broke out after two men tried to unfurl a banner that read, “Control the Limits, Not the Cauldrons,” which provoked members of the Extinction Rebellion to stop them.

The protesters later in the middle of St. Vincent Street.

Robb Callender, a protester from London, said the police were “quite aggressive” towards the protesters.

He added that the SSE “is talking a lot about the climate but doing nothing”.


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