The crucial week of activities that surround the G20 summit, to be held in Hamburg on July 7-8, started in the worst possible manner on Sunday.
After the successful “Protestwelle” event, with about 25,000 participants in the streets and on board of boats in the waters of the port, called, among others, by Greenpeace, Campact, Nabu and Oxfam, 5,000 protesters gathered in front of City Hall to defend the freedom of protest.
The response of the police was not long in coming: around 10:30 p.m., special units surrounded and cleared the Anti-Capitalist Camp, newly installed in the Entenwerder park, causing several injuries and detaining a few participants. “They defend the indefensible.” This is the statement of the work group, which is coordinating the international participation of protests in Hamburg.
The G20 will photograph a time of “global disorder”, almost 10 years after the great financial crisis, where at least two distinct policy options will be discussed at the table.