Number of arrests at Cop26 reaches 70

Since the start of the climate change conference in Glasgow on October 31, officials have arrested 70 people at Cop26, according to Scottish police.

Deputy Chief Constable Gary Ritchie said, “Police officers have been on several hundred calls with protesters and have made around 70 arrests.

He continued, “The police operation for Cop26, the largest in British history, is nearing its end.

“Since the beginning of the conference, we have monitored numerous events and protests, some official and some unofficial, across the city and across the country.

“We helped ensure that two huge marches through the city, attended by tens of thousands of demonstrators, were successfully completed.

“With the exception of a tiny minority of demonstrators who tried to fuel conflict and endanger public safety, all of these events have been peaceful.

“I would like to thank the demonstrators and all the police officers and stewards involved in these operations for ensuring that rights were respected, voices were heard and peaceful protests were possible while maintaining the safety of all concerned.

“It is important to us that we understand the experiences Cop26 has had for the people in Glasgow and Scotland.

“It is for this reason that we would like to hear from those who have recently participated in or experienced our surveillance of these events in Scotland.

“This is about gathering evidence that we will use to ensure that we are effective and collaborative in our approach; working with communities to keep people safe while they exercise their human rights to freedom of assembly and association . “

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