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Loch Ness Monster 'arrested' at COP26 in Glasgow
By T.K. Randall
November 6, 2021 · 3 comments
Officers seized a giant facsimile of the iconic Scottish loch monster ahead of its use in a planned protest.
The enormous inflatable monster - dubbed the "Loch Ness Debt Monster" - was going to be part of a protest organized by the Jubilee Debt Campaign until police officers swooped in and confiscated it.
Standing four meters tall and measuring eight meters in length, the enormous brightly-colored denizen was taken away because it reportedly breached Section 20 of the Police and Fire Reform Act.
The group had been planning to use it to help raise awareness of the growing threat of climate debt burdens on lower income countries.
"The debt crisis facing lower income countries has been excluded from debate at COP26 and now police have prevented the 'Loch Ness Debt Monster' from highlighting this fundamental issue," said campaign head Eva Watkinson.
It's not clear when or if the giant inflatable Nessie will be returned to its owners.
"Officers seized a large inflatable due to be launched on the River Clyde as it breached the maritime restrictions in place to maintain public safety and security close to the COP26 venue," said a spokesperson for Police Scotland.
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