Animal rights activists sabotage infectious disease centre

A group of 50 animal rights activists forced a gate at the entrance to the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control(SMI) in Stockholm on Monday morning. Institute staff were able to prevent the activists from entering the main buildings.

The activists damaged a gate and then tried to force their way into the main building of the institute at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna at around 8.30am on Monday.

“Staff managed to lock the main entrance so that the activists were unable to enter the building,” said police spokesman Björn Engström to newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

The activists then made their way to St. Eriksplan metro station.

Police followed the activists and identified the offenders who are suspected of criminal trespass on a protected site and criminal damage.

Metro services were temporarily interrupted at the St.Eriksplan station to prevent the activists’ escape.