BARCELONA — A Samsung press conference at the major tech event Mobile World Congress was disrupted on Sunday before it began by Greenpeace protesters, who scaled the venue and attempted to unfurl a banner.
The activist environmental group was protesting over a lack of clarity from Samsung over what it intends to do with 4.3 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones it recalled in 2016 over dangerous battery defects, it said in a Spanish-language blog post. Greenpeace is concerned they won’t be properly recycled.
The incident took place just before 7 PM local time in Barcelona, as journalists queued outside to enter the press conference as Samsung prepared to unveil a new premium tablet.
Staff at the venue grabbed the banner, preventing it from being unfurled, and held onto the Greenpeace climbers’ ropes to stop them descending.
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Acció! Activistes de @greenpeace_esp despleguen una pancarta a la Conferència de Samsung al Mobile World Congresshttps://t.co/6wZURjbv35 pic.twitter.com/iLNejONDYH
— Greenpeace Catalunya (@GreenpeaceCAT) February 26, 2017