A SPEECH about the jailed Malvern animal rights protestor Sean Kirtley proved to be the flashpoint at Saturday's mass demonstration outside the Sequani laboratory in Ledbury.
Around 200 protestors turned up for "The Carnival Against Vivisection" and in support of Kirtley, who was jailed for four and half years this summer for his part in a campaign against Sequani.
Only 15 protestors had been allowed by police to protest outside the plant itself, off the Bromyard Road.
The rest were told to gather at the entrance to Ledbury's town trail, opposite the train station.
This group was addressed by one protestor with a megaphone, who spoke about Kirtley.
Solidarity For Political Prisoner Sean Kirtley
On Saturday 6th September two hundred activists made it to Ledbury, Herefordshire, for the Carnival Against Vivisection in solidarity with political prisoner Sean Kirtley. The day of action was called by various groups in resistance to the imprisoning of peaceful campaigners under SOCPA legislation, and as a stand for the animals suffering inside vivisection laboratories.
Protesters met on the grass verge, where the police held them allowing a maximum of 15 at a time to demonstrate outside Sequani labs. Shortly after campaigners made a spontaneous break for the labs, with police responding by blocking the bridge to push back the crowd, creating minor scuffles. Multiple attempts were also made to access the labs using various pre-planned routes, meeting police each time, some of which had dogs. Protesters then regrouped at the grass verge to march the original route around town.