BERLIN, June 25 (Reuters) – Some 4,000 people marched in Munich on Saturday to call on G7 leaders to take action against poverty, climate change and world hunger and end Russia’s reliance on fossil fuels.
Leaders of the United States, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan will meet on Sunday for a three-day summit Schloss Elmau, a luxury hotel located in the Bavarian mountains, in an attempt to increase pressure on Russia, whose invasion of Ukraine has triggered food and energy shortages.
In Munich, demonstrators carried banners that read, among other things, “Imperialism starts here”, demanding that the G7 allocate more funds to crisis prevention, civil conflict management and economic development.
The protest was sponsored by more than 15 organisations, including WWF Germany, Oxfam Deutschland, Greenpeace and Bread for the World.
G7 leaders are set to discuss the creation of a climate club to better coordinate carbon pricing and other emission reduction programs. Nearly 20,000 police have been deployed to provide security for the summit. (Report Riham Alkousaa and Reuters TV, French version Benjamin Mallet)