Thousands Of Demonstrators Protest At G7 Summit 2015 In Germany

Thousands Of Demonstrators Protest At G7 Summit 2015 In Germany

By Seyi Peters | Staff Reporter on June 8, 2015
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Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel

Scores of demonstrators have besieged southern Germany where world leaders have gathered for the Group of Seven summit meeting which began in the mountain town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Sunday, June 7, 2015.  The wold leaders are there to discuss a wide range of important economic and social policies.

Topping the agenda of the event are a major trade agreement, an international fund to help poorer countries deal with climate change and stopping the flow of money to terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State group.

Demonstrators march down a street in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, in advance of the Group of 7's two-day summit, where world leaders will discuss climate change, free trade, terrorism and women’s rights, among a host of other economic and social issues. (Photo Credit:Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke)
Demonstrators march down a street in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, in advance of the Group of 7’s two-day summit, where world leaders will discuss climate change, free trade, terrorism and women’s rights, among a host of other economic and social issues. (Photo Credit:Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke)

The protesters represented mostly far-left interests and the subjects of their protests ranged from environmental issues to reforms that would check the increasing political power of the world’s wealthiest financial institutions.

The demonstrators numbered about 4,000 to 8,000, and were much fewer in number than the 22,000 police officers who lined the streets to monitor the protests. It was mostly peaceful, although officers, some equipped with riot gear, at a point used pepper spray when protesters attacked them with a flagpole and fuel bottles, German news service Deutsche Welle reported.

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