Arabic AR Chinese (Simplified) ZH-CN English EN French FR German DE Japanese JA Portuguese PT Russian RU Spanish ES Ukrainian UK

Hamburg braces for protests ahead of G20 summit

Latest news

    Thousands of demonstrators have gathered in Hamburg ahead of the two-day G20 summit in the northern German city.

    Officials said on Wednesday they were expecting tens of thousands to protest against the international forum for governments and central bank governors of the world’d 20 major economies.

    Police said they have also been tracking down known activists coming in from Scandinavia, Switzerland, Italy and elsewhere.

    READ MORE: Five things to know about Donald Trump’s European tour

    Hamburg police said it is boosting its units with reinforcements from around the country, and will have 20,000 officers on hand to patrol the city’s streets, skies and waterways when world leaders and 6,500 other delegates start arriving on Thursday.

    Germany’s counter-terrorist GSG9 force will be assisted by Austria’s counterpart Cobra and specialists from the Netherlands and other countries, Hamburg police chief Ralf Martin Meyer told AP news agency.

    They will be be stationed around the city in strategic locations to help protect the summit participants.

    “G20: Welcome to Hell” is the slogan anti-globalisation activists have adopted for their protests.

    “We are calling on the world to make Hamburg a focal point of the resistance against the old and new capitalist authorities,” according to a statement by one of the protest groups with links to the leftist demonstrators Rote Flora.

    In a preview of what’s likely to come, police clashed in Hamburg with hundreds of protesters on Tuesday night, using pepper spray and water cannons to eventually bring the crowd under control.

    The German Chancellor said she understood the importance of demonstrations, but urged them to remain non-violent [Reuters]

    ‘Planet Earth First’

    On Wednesday, Greenpeace activists flew a hot air balloon reading “Planet Earth First” to protest the United States’ climate policy.

    Among those attending the G20 gathering is US President Donald Trump, who announced that he was withdrawing the US from the landmark Paris climate agreement, to the regret of a number of world leaders who had lobbied him to remain in the 2015 pact.

    What does US decision on climate mean for our planet? – Inside Story

    “We’re looking for the G20, and if that’s not possible, then the G19, to go forward with implementing the Paris agreement and maybe doing even more,” Greenpeace International’s executive director Jennifer Morgan told The Associated Press.

    Like many nonprofits, Greenpeace is fighting a security decision to block off a 38sq-km “no-protest zone” encompassing the airport where leaders will arrive and the conference centre where they will meet.

    The group is calling for residents who live within the security zone to hang flags and banners out of their windows so the world leaders will see them on the way in.

    “Greenpeace stands for nonviolent direct action – we have peace in our name – and it would be a shame if violence moved the message away from what the G20 should be doing on climate and other issues,” Morgan said.

    OPINION: Are protests enough to bring down the G20?

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told community organisers in Hamburg that she understood the importance of demonstrations to express criticism and concerns, but urged them to remain non-violent.

    “It should be peaceful criticism,” she said in June.

    Still, German security officials are preparing for the worst, drawing upon decades of experience dealing with May Day demonstrations and other protests at major events, including the G7 in 2015 and G8 in 2007.

    Germany has also denied Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan permission to hold a public rally on the sidelines of the summit, which could have drawn huge protests from Kurds living in Germany.

    View the original article: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/hamburg-braces-protests-g20-summit-170705200533924.html

    Source: News agencies

    In the same category are

    UN holds vote on Syria ceasefire as death toll climbs to 500 'More than 470 people' have been killed in the Damascus suburb since Sunday As the death toll in Syria's Eastern Ghouta surpasses 470, a UN Securit...
    China: New US sanctions threaten cooperation over North Korea Trump said the sanctions are the 'heaviest ever' against North Korea China has demanded the US reverse its decision to impose fresh sanctions on No...
    Has Boko Haram been defeated? Dozens of schoolgirls are still unaccounted for days after suspected Boko Haram fighters attacked their school in northeast Nigeria. As many as 111 gi...
    UN Security Council votes in favour of 30-day Syria ceasefire The UN Security Council has voted in favour of a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. The unanimously approved resolution, drafted by S...
    ISIL claims deadly suicide car bombings in Yemen’s Aden Dozens of people have been killed or wounded in two suicide car bombings in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, witnesses and local medics say. Sat...
    Deadly suicide car bombings hit Yemen’s Aden Dozens of people have been killed or wounded in two suicide car bombings in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, witnesses and local medics say. Sat...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *