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Thousands Protest Against G7 Summit in Germany

The leaders of the seven most powerful imperialist countries are meeting in the Alps. These seven men stand for environmental destruction and militarism like no one else. That’s why protests were guaranteed.

By Nathaniel Flakin / Left Voice

The Group of 7 is currently meeting in southern Germany. The leaders of the United States, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, and Japan — all men — are gathering in a castle in the Alps, close to the Austrian border. Schloss Elmau was already the location of Germany’s last G7 summit back in 2015.

These seven governments stand for vaccine imperialism, global warming, austerity, and militarism. At their summits, they like to offer empty promises about helping the world’s poor. For at least the last 20 years, they have drawn huge protests. When the G20 met in Hamburg in 2017, up to 100,000 people took to the streets. There were 70,000 people way back in 2007 when the G8 (which then still included Russia) took place at Heiligendamm.

This year was notably smaller — Russia’s totally reactionary invasion of Ukraine has led to growing support for militarism in Europe. On Saturday, the day before the summit, 6,000 people joined a demonstration in Munich, Germany’s third biggest city and the capital of the southern region of Bavaria. The protest had been organized by liberal NGOs like Greenpeace. They had planned for a demonstration of 20,000 people — but these NGOs ultimately did not mobilize their supporters at all. The left party DIE LINKE was completely absent, having set their party congress on the same weekend. It was mostly anticapitalist organizations from across Germany who joined the demonstration — leading to big contradictions between the speakers and the audience.

A speaker from Greenpeace, for example, called for further sanctions against Russia, which would supposedly help an energy transition. This is exactly what the German government is saying — but in reality, they are simply buying natural gas from Qatar and Israel instead. The group Campact was calling on the G7 governments to break with “neoliberal politics for the banks and corporations” — which sounded kind of like calling on a tiger to go vegan.

But if the speeches were nothing more than polite appeals to the mass murderers of the G7, the demonstration itself had a loud anticapitalist message.

A total of 30,000 police had been brought to Bavaria to “protect” the summit. On Saturday, there were 3,000 officers in bulky black uniforms surrounding the demonstration. They attacked numerous people. Dozens of Trotskyists from Klasse Gegen Klasse were all detained after the demonstration, without any legal justification, and were only allowed to leave after police had identified them.

On Sunday, there was a second demonstration in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, much closer to Schloss Elmau. This demonstration went through a picturesque mountain village beloved by tourists — the nearby protest camp was on a lovely meadow surrounded by mountains. Yet these idyllic scenes contrasted with the hordes of police who again surrounded demonstrators.

All this police violence shows the utter hypocrisy of these imperialist politicians, who claim to be fighting for “freedom” and “democracy” when they support Ukraine’s government. In reality, they are fighting for their own economic and military domination of the world. It is no surprise that a murderer like Putin was part of their exclusive club for so many years — the others are no less brutal. 

The summit, and the protests, will continue tomorrow. 

Nathaniel Flakin

Nathaniel is a freelance journalist and historian from Berlin. He is on the editorial board of Left Voice and our German sister site Klasse Gegen Klasse. Nathaniel, also known by the nickname Wladek, has written a biography of Martin Monath, a Trotskyist resistance fighter in France during World War II, which has appeared in Germanin English, and in French. He is on the autism spectrum.

4 comments

  1. The G7 NAZI’s are not authorized to take any action on behalf of Humanity and shall take no action or else they will be put down. This kind of abomination must stop. They are tied to Off World Germans who left in 1947 on their anti gravity craft as a Breakaway civilization only to become militarized and running an outpost on Ceres. This is no joke. Watch Earth Files Linda Moulton Howe June 25, 2022 report about the state of affairs. They want to enslave all of us even more than we already are

    1. @Edward William Case
      The G7 follows the golden rule, and they’ve got the gold. They’re also a perfect example of might makes right, even though any decent person opposes that concept.

  2. “A total of 30,000 police had been brought to Bavaria to “protect” the summit. On Saturday, there were 3,000 officers in bulky black uniforms surrounding the demonstration. They attacked numerous people.”

    The cops are the army of the rich, first and foremost. Average people would be better off without them, though most people are too cowardly to even consider life without cops.

  3. https://mickeyz.substack.com/p/looks-like-its-time-for-street-activism?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

    Mickey Z.
    Jun 29

    I once was a very active, popular street activist. I marched and chanted and carried signs and gave keynote speeches for the full gamut of un-nuanced social justice issues… until I finally woke (gasp!) up to how counterproductive such tactics and mindsets can be. It wasn’t until I re-allocated my time and energy to direct relief that I finally started to make an impact.

    Now, as I witness a whole new group of people coming to awareness and demanding change, I feel compelled to share some of the lessons it took forever for me to learn.

    On February 15, 2003, 36,000,000 humans — all across the globe — simultaneously marched to show their disapproval of a major escalation of the U.S.-led war against Iraq. That war, for the record, had commenced with murderous UN sanctions in August 1990.

    THIRTY-SIX MILLION PEOPLE.

    In about 3,000 separate groups.

    Widely accepted as the largest protest in history.

    Of those unprecedented marches and protests, President George W. Bush eloquently declared:

    “Democracy is a beautiful thing, and that people are allowed to express their opinion. I welcome people’s right to say what they believe. Secondly, evidently some of the world don’t view Saddam Hussein as a risk to peace. You know, size of protest, it’s like deciding, well, I’m going to decide policy based upon a focus group.”

    Spoiler alert: One month later, on March 19, 2003, a major escalation of the U.S.-led war against Iraq commenced. The aggression and occupation essentially continue to this day — with no end in sight.

    The largest protest in history, made up of 36 million activists, had no impact. In fact, one could convincingly argue it had a negative impact by further conditioning new activists to unquestioningly follow an antiquated paradigm.

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