In Germany, more than 100,000 protesters flooded the streets of Hamburg as leaders of the world’s largest economies gathered for the G20 summit. Marchers carrying banners reading “Welcome to Hell” and “The World is Not for Sale” were met by heavily armed riot police, who used water cannons, tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the protests. Protests resumed earlier today as demonstrators staged sit-ins at key intersections in the city in an attempt to disrupt the first day of the G20, where President Trump is meeting with other world leaders. A German news agency reported first lady Melania Trump was unable to leave her hotel because of today’s demonstrations. This is a protester named Kemel who took part in the actions.
Kemel: “We are here today because we think that the G20 has no place here in Hamburg, has no place in the world. It is not needed. It is an organization of the ruling classes, of the imperialist system, that deepens exploitation around the world, that produces fascism and racism, particularly Trump, who presents himself as a racist and says, ‘I am willing to use the nuclear bomb.’ And to invite such a man here in the name of so-called capitalist democracy, and therefore legitimizing him, it is outrageous!”
Earlier today, Brazil, Russia, India and China—the so-called BRICS countries—called on the G20 to push for implementation of the Paris climate deal, despite Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of it. This is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking as G20 talks opened.
Chancellor Angela Merkel: “We know the United States has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement. All others—or, at least as far as I know, many, many others—are still committed to the Paris Agreement. And how that turns out is something we will tell you at the end, when we have finished the communiqué.”