- As the royal box looked on, police hauled demonstrators off the Epsom racecourse after they entered the track.
- Dozens of cops were seen working to evacuate them.
- As they were being carried away, the spectators cheered, and a Tannoy announcer apologized.
- At roughly 4.30 p.m., Animal Rebellion claimed credit for the protest.
At today’s Epsom Derby, six people were arrested when animal rights demonstrators broke past the barriers and stormed the track.
Animal Rebellion members stormed the racetrack shortly before 4.30 p.m., just minutes before one of the year’s most important horse races was about to begin.
The women were dragged off the grass and back towards the spectators in front of the throng by police personnel.
As officers approached, the women, who looked to be carrying banners with the word “justice” inscribed on them, collapsed to the ground.
Members of the royal box could be seen watching as dozens of officers worked to evacuate them.
As they were being carried away, the throng cheered, and a voice on a Tannoy apologized to the audience.
Animal Rebellion, a branch of the Extinction Rebellion movement, has claimed responsibility for the protest, claiming that six women entered the racetrack.
Members of the group have protested at activities commemorating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee for the second time in three days.
In a similar protest on Thursday, a number of protesters were arrested after charging onto the Mall during the Trooping the Colour parade.