As the Group of Seven (G7) economic leaders prepared for their annual gathering in Germany’s Bavarian Alps, approximately 4,000 protestors gathered in Munich.
According to German news agency dpa, organizers claimed they hoped to mobilize as many as 20,000 protesters in Bavaria but were disappointed by the low turnout at Munich’s Theresienwiese Park.
Uwe Hiksch was one of the organizers of the protest. He said that potential participants might find it inappropriate to challenge the wealthiest democracies of the world during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Hiksch stated to dpa that he has the impression that many people feel uneasy about the war in Ukraine.
Around the summit site and protests, approximately 18,000 officers of police are present
Attac and the World Wildlife Fund are just a few of the 15 groups that have been critical of globalization. They’ve called for people to join the demonstrations. They demand a phasing out of fossil fuels, preservation of biodiversity, and greater efforts to fight hunger.
“My demands to the G7 are that they have an explicit commitment to energy transformation, that is, the exit from all forms fossil fuels by 2035 at latest. So we can stop funding wars and conflicts,” stated Kilian Wolter of Greenpeace.
Oxfam members posed in the city with the heads of G7 leaders at an earlier protest, demanding greater global equality.
Tobias Hauschild, a spokesperson said that “we need to take concrete actions to address multiple crises in our time.” The G7 must act immediately. They must fight hunger, inequality, and poverty. They will discuss issues like Russia’s war against Ukraine, climate change and energy, as well as a looming crisis in food security.
“Russia’s brutal war on Ukraine is also having an effect here,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated in a video podcast. He was referring to rising grocery, gas, and energy prices.
Scholz stated that the G7 leaders would discuss Ukraine’s current situation and “ensure that we stop manmade climate change”.
The chancellor was set to welcome the leaders at the Elmau resort near Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Saturday evening.
From Sunday through Tuesday, the G7 summit will be held in Elmau, Bavaria. Leaders from the NATO alliance’s 30 member countries will gather after the meeting is over for their annual summit. It will be held in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday through Thursday.