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Over 40 people have disrupted operations at Adani's Abbot Point coal mining terminal,

Dozens of protesters were arrested and several people injured when police and demonstrators clashed outside an international mining conference in Melbourne.

A police spokeswoman said more than 40 protesters had been arrested, with the majority of offences relating to failing to obey police direction or intentionally obstructing an emergency service worker.

A young woman was taken to hospital after being knocked down by a police horse during a volatile blockade at an international mining conference in Melbourne. Police said four officers were injured in the melee, and 40 people were arrested.

Camila Serra, 23, was taken to the Alfred Hospital in a stable condition with a leg injury sustained today’s protest at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Another protester said he saw her fall backwards after being struck by a police horse. Another activist has been treated at the scene for a minor cut to his head.

A police spokeswoman said more than 40 protesters had been arrested, with the majority of offences relating to failing to obey police direction or intentionally obstructing an emergency service worker.

Two people were arrested for animal cruelty for allegedly assaulting a police horse.

Hundreds of activists linked to numerous groups gathered outside the convention center in an effort to stop delegates attending the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC).

More than 7000 delegates from nearly 100 countries are expected to attend the three-day conference, which kicked off on Tuesday.

Among them is Pioneer Resources chairman Craig McGown, who was seen to have a bottle of water poured over him by a protester. He was pushed during his approach to the conference and a woman shouted “shame” at him.

Another demonstrator was seen repeatedly spitting on another delegate outside the venue.

The protesters picketed at multiple entrances to the center, chanting “land rights not mining rights, shut IMARC down” and “blood on your hands”.

They say the police have been aggressive, placing one man in a headlock and pushing others as well as using capsicum spray.

The IMARC is Australia’s largest annual industry event and attracts delegates from the resources, investing and technology sectors.

More than 7000 delegates from about 100 countries are attending the three-day conference and organisers say the protest action is based on misconceptions about the mining industry.

Protesters plan to disrupt all three days of the conference and will be joined by Victorian Greens Leader Samantha Ratnam today and federal Greens MP Adam Bandt tomorrow.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack described the protests as “disgraceful, absolutely disgraceful”.

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