Brit animal rights protesters clash with police in Oxford
Jan 14, 2006

LONDON (AP) - Animal rights protesters in Britain clashed with police Saturday during a rally against a new medical research laboratory at centuries-old Oxford University. Five men were arrested.

Police estimated 350 people joined a peaceful march through the historic city before a small number of demonstrators charged crowd barriers and hurled objects at officers.

Scientists at the new building will conduct experiments on animals as part of research into treatment for diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Opponents of the centre previously targeted construction company Montpellier, succeeding in briefly halting building work in 2004.

It was "unacceptable that my officers were subject to violence," said assistant chief constable Alex Marshall of Thames Valley Police, which covers Oxford.

Five men were arrested for breaches of public order laws and were being held at Oxford police station, he said.