23 May 2015

Protesters, police claim injuries after clash

1:44 pm on 23 May 2015

The anti-poverty protesters who tried to force their way into SkyCity yesterday will decide on Monday whether to file any complaints with police.

Police officer during Prince Harry's NZ tour.

Police said they were disappointed with the actions of anti-poverty protesters at SkyCity yesterday (file photo). Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

One person was arrested when the protest turned violent as police officers backed up SkyCity security guarding the building's entrances.

The police said several officers were assaulted and they were reviewing footage. They said several staff suffered minor injuries, including scratches to their face and arms.

Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson Sue Bradford said the police were aggressive.

"One of our people had a dislocated finger; another one I know was bleeding in the face," she said.

"We were quite concerned about one of the young women, who was thrown to the ground with some force. Quite a few people were punched.

"Of course, we understand that when you go into these situations it can be tricky, but certainly some of the police behaviour was somewhat out of hand."

She said the group would meet next week to decide what action they would take.

The group said the Government's Budget did not go far enough in tackling poverty.