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G7 summit in Elmau: police buses bring opponents to the castle - demonstrators find it "absurd"

2022-06-26T13:43:39.463Z

G7 summit in Elmau: police buses bring opponents to the castle - demonstrators find it "absurd" Created: 06/26/2022, 15:34 By: Tanja Kipke The G7 heads of state will meet in Elmau on Sunday. There was already a lot going on the days before. The counter-demonstrations in particular caused a stir. Police protection at the G7 summit: officials are driving around 130 cows back to their pasture acr



G7 summit in Elmau: police buses bring opponents to the castle - demonstrators find it "absurd"

Created: 06/26/2022, 15:34

By: Tanja Kipke

The G7 heads of state will meet in Elmau on Sunday.

There was already a lot going on the days before.

The counter-demonstrations in particular caused a stir.

  • Police protection at the G7 summit: officials are driving around 130 cows back to their pasture across the heavily guarded area.

  • Large demo of the G7 opponents in Garmisch-Partenkirchen planned before the G7 summit in Elmau: the route of the activists is known, the police advises avoiding the center.

  • G7 opponents are taken to Elmau in police cars: activists sharply criticize the decision.

  • This news ticker is closed.

    All information on current developments of the G7 summit in Elmau can be found here.

Update from June 25, 7:20 p.m .:

50 G7 opponents are to be brought to the demonstration near Elmau Castle with police cars on Monday as part of a star march.

The district office issued a corresponding decision on Saturday.

It remains the case that the participants are driven in police buses from the Klais train station near the castle.

The activists had previously criticized such a police escort.

They argue that it is incompatible with the right to assembly.

Some participants have since canceled.

"I think that's absurd and don't want to cooperate," said the spokeswoman for the "Stop G7 Elmau" alliance, Lisa Poettinger, on Saturday.

But the appointment will take place.

The G7 opponents ultimately decided to use the opportunity to protest near Elmau Castle, the alliance said.

Opponents of the G7 camp near Elmau.

© Peter Kneffel/dpa

G7 summit in Elmau: Söder welcomes heads of state and government

Update from June 25, 6.45 p.m .:

Now the time has come, Chancellor Scholz arrived in Schloss Elmau a few minutes ago.

The chancellor flew to Munich in a government plane and then on to the Bavarian Alps in a helicopter.

Update from June 25, 5:30 p.m.:

“Grüß Gott in Bavaria”: This is how the Bavarian Prime Minister Dr.

Markus Söder (CSU) on Twitter the heads of state and government for the G7 summit in Elmau.

Pictured in the accompanying photo are Joe Biden (USA), Boris Johnson (UK), Justin Trudeau (Canada), Mario Draghi (Italy) and Fumio Kishida (Japan).

Striking: Chancellor and host Olaf Scholz (SPD) is missing from the picture.

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Markus Söder will already play an important role on Saturday evening, June 25: he will receive US President Joe Biden, who is expected at Munich Airport at around 10:45 p.m.

G7 summit in Elmau: First demos on site - police checked 20 places

Update from June 25, 2:55 p.m .:

The Bavarian police checked the access roads near Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 20 places because of the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau.

The checkpoints and the blocking of driveways on the B2 and Autobahn 95 have caused some G7 turmoil in the past few days.

"There were a relatively large number of questions about this," confirms Kerstin Schaller, the operations manager responsible for route monitoring and traffic management.

However, the officials should proceed with sensitivity during the controls, the clear message was: "We want to block the locals as little as possible."

24-hour police checkpoint on the B2/B23 between Tunnel Oberau Süd and Farchanter Tunnel Nord.

© Thomas Very

So far, there have been no special incidents at the checkpoints.

"Of course, motorhome drivers who want to go to Italy are not enthusiastic if they are diverted," says Schaller.

But none of that helps.

The main route must remain free.

For locals, commuters, but of course also holiday guests, who actually still exist in the region.

The motto is: "If you have a reason, you can of course go through."

G7 summit near Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Some shopkeepers are already closing shops

Update from June 25, 1 p.m

.: The start of the G7 summit is imminent and the first shops and restaurants in Garmisch-Partenkirchen have now closed and blocked their outdoor areas.

Many owners put up notices informing their customers that the respective shop would remain closed for the duration of the summit, i.e. until Tuesday, June 28th.

The owner of an auction house took security very seriously: to protect the classic cars, which the shop specializes in, shipping containers were positioned around the sales area.

Shipping container for protection: vintage car shop drives out heavy artillery.

© Angelika Warmuth/dpa

Because of the G7 summit: rail replacement service and police closure from Oberau

Update from June 25, 12:15 p.m .:

As part of the G7 summit, there was a “very high” passenger volume in the entire area of ​​the Werdenfelsbahn from Saturday (June 25) to Tuesday (June 28).

According to Bahn, the reason is the current rail replacement service from Oberau.

We therefore advise against taking trains that are not absolutely necessary.

What is added are the controls of the police inspection and federal police.

There are also controls on the Autobahn, especially at the Sindelsdorf exit.

Deutsche Bahn passengers have to wait at a police closure at Oberau station until the rail replacement service is ready.

© Daniel Vogl/dpa

Update from June 25, 11:46 a.m .:

The large demo of the G7 opponents in Munich will start in a few minutes.

The route of the demonstrators goes almost through the whole city.

The police point out that there may be traffic delays on the assembly route until around 5:30 p.m.

All current information about the demo can be found in our live ticker.

G7 summit 2022 in Elmau: First demos on site - large demo in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Sunday

Update from June 25, 9:31 a.m .:

Activists demonstrated in front of the press center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen before the G7 summit in Elmau.

Supporters of the development organization ONE have equipped themselves with masks with the faces of the seven heads of government - and empty wheat beer glasses in memory of the 2015 summit. The activists call on the G7 countries to "provide urgently needed humanitarian aid and the World Food Program (WFP) with the necessary Equip the funds needed to ensure care for the people affected.”

The first demonstrators – peaceful ones, mind you: supporters of the One movement have equipped themselves with masks with the faces of the seven heads of government – ​​and empty wheat beer glasses in memory of the 2015 summit. © .

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On Sunday, the first day of the summit, the Garmisch-Partenkirchen team will have to put themselves to the test.

A major demonstration by the alliance “Stop G7 Elmau” is pending.

Police advise avoiding the center of the market at the time of the demo.

But nobody needs to be afraid.

The activists set up their protest camp on Friday.

The planned route of the demonstrators at the large demonstration against the G7 summit on Sunday.

© District Office of Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Before the G7 summit in Elmau: alternative summit in Munich criticizes the “wealth of the G7 nations”

Update from June 24, 10:05 p.m .:

While the heads of state and government of the G7 countries are preparing for their meeting at Schloss Elmau, critics met at an alternative summit in Munich.

There, the seven leading Western economies were accused of shared responsibility for global crises and injustice.

The wealth of the G7 nations is based on the exploitation of the Global South, said the political officer of the alliance erlassjahr.de, Malina Stutz: "We don't want to continue to accept that." The alliance is committed to independent insolvency proceedings for over-indebted states.

"Progress for a just world" is the alleged goal of the G7 summit, the organizers of the event announced in advance.

The participating states would often block necessary reforms "for national and economic power interests".

"You could do it all differently," said Julia Thrul from Oxfam Germany. "You just have to have the courage to imagine it." Among other things, the organization is demanding a special tax to combat inequality.

Update from June 24, 8:10 p.m .:

The free voters in Garmisch-Partenkirchen also voiced strong criticism of the G7 summit.

They demand a resolution so that such a meeting with all the trimmings does not happen again in the district.

G7 summit in Schloss Elmau: Thanks to the police, 130 cows are allowed through the security area

Update from June 24, 7 p.m.:

The security area around the G7 conference venue Schloss Elmau is actually reserved for only a small circle of two-legged friends.

However, an exception has now been made for around 130 cows.

Under police protection, they were herded across the heavily guarded area to their pasture.

The animals had to cross the temporary helipad paved especially for the summit, where the state guests are supposed to land - this is usually a hikers' car park.

The legacies of the cows were immediately removed, reported a police spokesman.

"A sweeper was called in to put the place back in good condition." The animals were accompanied on the way to the Wettersteinalm by numerous drivers from the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area.

The police officers present opened the fence that was erected around the castle to allow the cows to pass.

Normally, since Sunday, only those who have accreditation may enter the four square kilometer security area around the conference venue.

Meanwhile, a few hundred sheep have to graze in the valley first.

The lift originally planned for the summit weekend was postponed to the following weekend in a joint meeting between the police and the Partenkirchen pasture cooperative because of the G7 operation, the police said on request.

The buoyancy is generally carried out on weekends, since the buoyancy helpers work in their free time.

Update from June 24, 6 p.m.:

Storms are forecast for the days of the G7 summit.

There is a risk of thunderstorms, heavy rain and hail.

That could complicate the arrival of the politicians and also life in the protest camp.

The weather is the top: before the G7 meeting in Elmau Castle, the police have to take cover.

© NEWS5 / Merzbach

Before the G7 summit: Federal police even use horses at border crossings

Update from June 24, 4:17 p.m .:

At a G7 border check in Swabia, four police officers were slightly injured by aggressive young people.

As the police announced on Friday, two 19-year-olds and a 17-year-old had behaved aggressively during a check on the Autobahn near Sigmarszell (Lindau district) on Friday night and refused to show their ID cards.

When the young people were then searched, the two 19-year-olds hit the police officers.

Four officers were slightly injured.

The federal police also announced that more checks are to be expected at the border crossings in the next few days.

And not just on the streets.

The police are also present away from the usual border crossings in the G7 event region.

The officials are on horseback and sometimes on foot.

Mounted federal police officers stand next to a police helicopter at the border control on the B 23 in Griesen.

© Angelika Warmuth/dpa/image archive

Update from June 24, 4:05 p.m .:

The G7 summit in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is not only criticized by protesters – also by residents and the mayor.

Two days before the politicians arrived at Schloss Elmau, she made a statement on a BR program.

Update from June 24, 1:10 p.m .:

The activists of the “Stop G7 Elmau” alliance have started setting up their protest camp in a meadow on the Loisach in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Around 750 people can camp here on summit days, with more if necessary, camp applicant York Runte said on Friday.

Around 30 activists were busy setting up the camp in the morning, and dozens of police officers stood at the entrances to the camp. 

The construction of the G7 protest camp began on Friday.

© Josef Hornsteiner

G7 summit 2022 in Elmau: fuss about demo at the castle - discussions are ongoing

What is still unclear for the critics of the summit, however, is whether a demonstration near the conference venue Schloss Elmau will be approved.

"Being shuttled there with police buses has nothing to do with the right to assembly," Runte criticized a proposal currently under discussion.

At least you want to go there in your own bus.

The police said that coordination between the applicants and the authorities was still ongoing.

According to the district office, around 25 events in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area have been registered around the summit.

Of these, almost ten had been approved by Thursday.

Update from June 24, 12:31 p.m .:

“MorningMan Mike” from Radio Gong is probably the best-known radio voice in Munich.

The moderator now used his range to rumble against the G7 summit.

And to appeal to politicians.

Because of the G7 summit in Elmau, police forces have been sent from all over the country to southern Bavaria.

Not a good move from an environmental point of view.

Military helicopters are circling over Munich because of the G7 summit

Update from June 24, 9:31 a.m .:

Large military helicopters are circling over the state capital Munich more often these days.

To be more precise, they are Chinook CH47 transport helicopters (picture below) or US Army Force Pavehawks and Bundeswehr NH-90s.

Because the big machines fly just over the heads of Munich, make one or the other worried.

In Munich, Chinook helicopters are now circling the city more frequently because of the G7 summit.

© Emad Aljumah/Moment RF/dpa/symbol image

But there is no reason for that.

When asked, the police said that the helicopters would be used during the G7 summit in Elmau.

The high-ranking participants of the politicians' meeting are to be flown to the Alps with them.

“Test flights are completed for these transfer flights because, for example, the exact flight route has to be checked,” explains Head of Operations and Police Vice President Michael Dibowski.

There are also more police flights overall because of the G7 - not least immediately after the arson attack in the Au.

First report from June 23, 8:07 p.m.:

Garmisch-Partenkirchen – The G7 summit will take place in Elmau in a few days.

The heads of state and government of the seven most important industrialized countries will meet at Schloss Elmau from June 26th to 28th to discuss and coordinate their positions on global and political issues.

There is a lot going on in the region days before the summit, parking lots and excursion destinations are closed, the police are tightening controls, which is why enormous traffic jams are to be expected.

Flight exercises have also been taking place for days.

Local residents aren't exactly happy about it.

G7 summit 2022 in Elmau: The opponents' protest camp was already set up on Friday

The protests against the G7 summit also started before the meeting.

The "Stop G7 Elmau" alliance is already setting up its protest camp in Garmisch an der Loisach on Friday (June 24).

750 participants are expected.

The activists will camp in tents on the meadow next to the Garmischer Reitlweg.

The alliance had already set up a camp at the 2015 G7 summit.

A large demo in Garmisch is also planned for the first day of the summit (June 26).

As in 2015, the “Stop G7 Elmau” alliance is planning a protest camp in Garmisch.

© Tobias Hase/dpa/Archive

G7 summit 2022 in Elmau: alternative summit of the opponents planned in Munich

In Munich, too, activists want to take to the streets against the G7 summit.

The large demo has been announced for Saturday afternoon (June 25), the police want to be on site with 3,000 officers.

Munich's head of operations and police vice president Michael Dibowski even expects a black block.

It was only on Wednesday that unknown persons set fire to eight Munich police vehicles.

One investigates here in all directions.

In addition to the demo on Saturday, a so-called “alternative summit” is planned in Munich on Friday.

Interested parties can take part in the G7 alternative summit from 3 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. in the EineWeltHaus in Munich or online.

In six workshops, development policy and anti-globalisation organizations will discuss topics such as debt relief, sustainable business and human rights and present just alternatives to the neo-colonial policies of the G7 states.

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G7 summit 2022 in Elmau: The first heads of state land on Saturday – including Biden with Air Force One

The first G7 participants will arrive in Bavaria on Saturday evening.

US President Joe Biden will land with Air Force One one day before the summit at Munich Airport.

We then continue by helicopter to Elmau, and if the weather doesn't cooperate, a car convoy is planned.

The Americans fly in the presidential car “The Beast” for this.

French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and, of course, host Chancellor Olaf Scholz are also arriving on Saturday.

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Source: merkur

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