COMMENT:

It's not often both protesters and organisers of an event can claim to have achieved what they set out to do – but, in the case of the recent Minerals Forum in Dunedin, that's just what happened.

Protesters wanted to cause disruption via "peaceful" protests outside the forum venue in Dunedin's Octagon. Their actions meant some delegates missed the opening sessions, and the protesters' antics achieved plenty of airtime.

The media turned up in force and this led to the forum getting more coverage than it would have otherwise. Much coverage was focused on the protesters' tactics and antics

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