G-20 protesters amass in Hamburg

The Protest Wave is a collaboration of 12 organizations. Oxfam, Greenpeace, and the German Trade Union Confederation are among them. All 12 formally reject violent protest.
By Linda Mack | Jul 04, 2017
At least 50,000 protesters are likely to gather in Hamburg this week while world leaders convene there for the G-20 summit. Protest organizers will lead a "Protest Wave," a massive march with a flotilla of 200 boats down the city's streets and waterway to raise awareness of climate change, the socioeconomic impacts of globalization, and other issues of importance to the organizers.

The international conference will take place on July 7-8 with protection of 21,000 police from across Germany. Participants include the world's 20 largest economies: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus the European Union.

Demonstrations were already in full swing Sunday, when crowds numbering in the tens of thousands marched in downtown Hamburg. Organizers said that they wanted to start demonstrations a week early to make sure that conference participants hear their message--and hear it before any violent elements join the protests and steal the spotlight.

"There is a danger that violence will dominate the headlines. That's why we've decided to demonstrate a week ahead--before Hamburg is turned into a high-security zone. We hope that we can, therefore, demonstrate peacefully and that many people will join us," said Svenja Angenendt, a Protest Wave spokesperson.

The presence of President Trump and Russian President Putin is likely to bring protesters out in force, according to organizers. They expressed concern that some radical groups who favor direct action will try to start riots, assault police, and damage property.

The Protest Wave is a collaboration of 12 organizations. Oxfam, Greenpeace, and the German Trade Union Confederation are among them. All 12 formally reject violent protest.

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