A British lawmaker was suspended from Prime Minister Theresa May's office on Friday after a video showed him violently withdrawing a demonstrator from an event last night.
Secretary of State Mark Field received the suspension after officials asked questions about his person handling the demonstrator during the annual gala dinner in the mansion on Thursday night.
Finance Minister Philip Hammond turned to a crowd of foreign industrial leaders as activists in red dresses and sashes labeled "Climate Change Emergency" began to bother. Speech.
BORIS JOHNSON OFFERS THERESA TO ACHIEVE PROMISING BREXIT NOT TO PUNCH THE BELL. At this point, Field stopped her by pushing her into a pillar and forcibly turning her around. Then he put his hand firmly on her neck and led her out of the room.
The demonstration took place after climate change activists disrupted life and travel in the British capital in April, bringing parts of London to a halt when they demanded that net CO2 emissions be reduced to zero by 2025.
A statement to ITV Field said it had responded "instinctively" to what it called "a serious security breach" after it thought the protester could be armed.
"In the confusion, understandably many guests felt threatened, and as a protester stormed past me upstairs, I responded instinctively – there was no security service present and I feared for a fraction of a second that she could be armed."
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"I deeply regret this episode, and unreservedly apologize to the concerned lady for grabbing her, but in the current climate I had the need to act decisively to lessen the threat to the safety of those present. "
Field was suspended after publicly referring to the Cabinet Office, which together with the police from the City of London and the Conservative Party officially investigated.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.