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A demonstration in the southern German town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen against the G7 summit that is being held at the nearby Schloss Elmau resort has ended peacefully, police said on Sunday.
Two people were arrested. One was a minor and the other was a woman who then had a fainting spell, they said.
A police spokesperson called the event “absolutely peaceful.” Around 2,000 people came to the rally, the organizers said, though police put the number at 800.
The event was accompanied by a massive police contingent. In total, some 18,000 police officers have been deployed in the region to monitor the summit.
Sunday’s demonstration focused on climate change and fears that the Ukraine war will escalate.
“We will not let them destroy our planet and our future,” a rally spokesperson said in comments directed at the leaders of the G7 group, which includes Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.
Many demonstrators also called for the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine, as Kiev continues to battle Russian aggression with the war now in its fifth month.
Other protesters criticized the size of the police presence, while some questioned the legitimacy of the summit.
The event came a day after police detained 11 people during and after a G7-related protest in Munich. Most of them were released on Sunday.
The arrests took place during clashes between demonstrators and police during a rally on Saturday in the Bavarian capital.
Police were investigating several people in relation to the use of force against uniformed officers.
Police put the number of protesters at 4,000, while the organizers said 6,000 had turned up. Munich police deployed 3,000 officers after organizers said they expected at least 20,000 to turn out.
The organizers of a separate protest close to where the G7 leaders were meeting at Schloss Elmau complained about the venue allocated to them, well away from the luxury resort.
“It’s not in shouting or visible distance,” Franz Haslbeck of the “Stop G7 Elmau” alliance said in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Sunday.
The town lies some 80 kilometres south of Munich.
He noted that the protest site allocated was 500 metres away as the crow flies from the venue and insisted it did not comply with a previous court ruling.
Following drawn-out negotiations with the authorities protecting the summit, a group of at most 50 protesters registered by name with the police are to be driven in police vehicles to the security zone around Schloss Elmau on Monday.
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