Thousands demonstrate in Munich to demand G7 action on poverty and climate


BERLIN (Reuters) – Some 4,000 people marched in Munich on Saturday to call on the leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized countries to take action to tackle poverty, climate change and world hunger and end dependence on fuels Russian fossils.

Leaders of the United States, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan will meet on Sunday for a three-day summit at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian mountains , aimed at increasing pressure on Russia whose actions in Ukraine have created food and energy. shortages around the world.

The demonstrators carried banners reading “Stop The War Russia And USA/NATO Hands Off Ukraine” and “Imperialism Starts Here”, and demanded that the G7 allocate more funds to crisis prevention, crisis management civil conflict and economic development.

“Today we’re at the G7 again because we realized that nothing has improved…it’s been going on for so long, we’re destroying ourselves,” said Lisa Munz, a protester wearing a hat topped with a stuffed chicken.

The protest was sponsored by more than 15 organisations, including WWF Germany, Oxfam Deutschland, Greenpeace and Bread for the World.

“The colorful protest is a clear sign of the strength of many people’s desire for a fundamentally different policy in the G7 countries,” Oxfam Deutschland said in a statement.

G7 leaders are set to discuss forming a climate club to better coordinate carbon pricing and other emissions reduction programs. Nearly 20,000 police have been deployed to provide security for the summit.

(Reporting by Riham Alkousaa and Reuters TV; Editing by David Holmes)