Protesters march close to Biarritz demanding motion from G-7 leaders
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Protesters converged on the close by city of Hendaye on the French border with Spain to protest in opposition to financial and local weather insurance policies pursued by the world’s main industrial nations and to advertise options.
“The highest capitalist leaders are right here and we have now to indicate them that the combat continues,” mentioned Alain Missana, 48, an electrician carrying a yellow vest — image of the anti-government demonstrations which were held in France for months.
“It is more cash for the wealthy and nothing for the poor. We see the Amazonian forests burning and the arctic melting. The leaders will hear us,” he mentioned.
Fires are devastating massive swathes of the forest which is taken into account an important bulwark in opposition to local weather change.
Protesters waved banners for causes starting from homosexual rights to Palestine, however their messages had been aimed firmly on the leaders of the US, Germany, France, Britain, Canada, Japan and Italy who’re set to start three days of talks on Saturday.
“No to the G7. For an additional world,” one banner learn. “Heads of state the Amazon is burning. Act now,” mentioned one other.
The protesters marched beneath bright-blue summer time skies from Hendaye to the city of Irun, Spain, some 30 km (18 miles) south of the G7 venue Biarritz.
Greater than 13,000 cops, backed by troopers, are guarding the Biarritz summit website and police had feared that anarchist teams may need tried to derail Saturday’s protest, which has been billed as a peaceable, household occasion.
4 cops had been evenly wounded on Friday after protesters fired a do-it-yourself mortar close to the anti-G7 counter summit in Hendaye. Police arrested 17 individuals for hiding their faces.
There was no rapid signal of any radical teams on Saturday and the police presence was gentle.
Protesters got here from all components of France and past together with from throughout the border, the place Basque separatists had been additionally eager to indicate their solidarity.
“The counter-G7 demonstration is on this Basque area and we would like individuals to see we’re a part of it,” mentioned Alfredo Akuna, a 46-year-old engineer from San Sebastián who wore conventional Basque clothes.
“We’re concerned in lots of actions together with anti-capitalism and anti-fascism so it is necessary to be right here to indicate that.”