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Thousands of protesters march against the G7 in Germany

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About 4,000 people, according to the police – 6,000, according to the organizers – gathered at the call of about fifteen NGOs for the defense of the environment and the fight against inequalities.

However, turnout remained well below expectations. The organizers had planned 20,000 people for this rally behind this slogan:: equity is something else! “,”text”:”Climate crisis, species extinction, inequalities: equity is something else! “}}”>Climate crisis, species extinction, inequalities: equity is something else!

Protesters wear masks that represent the leaders of the G7 nations during a rally the day before the summit in Munich.

Photo: Getty Images / Johannes Simon

Defenders of the environment and alterglobalists wanted to make their voices heard before the leaders of the seven most industrialized countries on the planet meet until Tuesday at the Château d’Elmau, a hundred kilometers away, at the foot of the Alps. Bavarian.

In the colorful crowd not only of activists but also of nature-loving retirees and young people concerned about the climate crisis, slogans were brandished on placards: We only have one planet, Save the world, not your ass!, More renewables, no war.

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What are you doing to get out of fossil fuels more quickly? What are you doing to stop species extinction faster? launched Viviane Raddatz, of theNGO WWF, calling on the Heads of State and Government of the G7 (Germany, Canada, United States, France, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom).

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Strong police presence

Anti-G7 protesters march through downtown Munich a day before the scheduled start of the G7 Summit

Photo: Getty Images / Johannes Simon

An imposing police force has been deployed in the center of Munich as the German authorities want at all costs to avoid the violent outbursts which had largely tarnished the G20 Summit in Hamburg in 2017.

Burned cars, looted shops, clashes between police and black blocks : the violence had largely eclipsed the debates between leaders.

At the end of the parade, sporadic incidents punctuated the demonstration in Munich, opposing heavily equipped police officers and a group of demonstrators dressed all in black who presented themselves as the anti-capitalist blocfound theAFP.

Police required some to uncover their faces after making an arrest, she said.

Other protest actions targeting the G7 Summit, organized under very high police protection, are planned, including a parade on Sunday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the small town closest to Elmau.

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