World / Africa & Diaspora
Saturday, 08 Jul 2017 15:27 EATakipchumba@kenyafreepress.com
Myriad of protesters have today hit the streets of Hamburg City venting their anger against globalization, the discriminative policies of climate change and capitalism that has taken the world by a storm.
The protestors clashed with the security personnel in some environs on Friday, forcing the Hamburg police to ask for additional reinforcement to aid in coping with the scale of the protest, according to Al Jazeera news.
Sources indicate that approximately twenty thousand police officers were already on duty for the high profile global summit, G20 summit. In the summit, leaders of the planet’s top economies will grapple with from trade and commerce, conflicts in some war-ravaged countries to the mind-gnawing issues of climate change.
In light of the news reports that grabbed international headlines, some activists smashed windows and torched petrol cars without sparing other vehicles this mid-morning; while anti-riot police used water cannons and pepper sprays to drive away the agitated protestors.
More than 100,000 are expected to take part in the demos and marches across Hamburg on Friday and Saturday, according to sources.
Reporting for Al Jazeera from Hamburg in Germany, David Chater says, “There’re so many issues involved in politically the G20 summit.” Adding, “They are against the globalized economic disparities…”
Based on the German DPA News Agency’s report, rowdy protestors blocked the motorcade of US First Lady Melania Trumps.
Many other protestors are rooting for peaceful demos and in the same vein pushing piling pressure on the G20 summit leaders to act on the fight to climate change that as remained the major headache among the global leaders. The group also want the planet’s top leaders to tackle the yawning economic inequalities that has become prevalent in the world, thus upsetting its order.
Others even have gone to the greater lengths of demanding the dissolution of the G20 per se with the view to have United Nation become the perfect platform for such discussions.
It’s worth noting that the summit has come at the intriguing moment when the global geopolitical landscape is undergoing some dramatic shifts, with the peculiar and rugby ball-like political actors in the character of Donald Trump – whose “America First” mantra and exclusionist foreign policies are pushing Europe and China closer together.
Trump who oftentimes paints an image of an overweening and acerbic-tongued leader has in the recent past distanced himself from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. A move that left the other world leaders with a sour taste in the mouths.
Kipchumba is a staff writer/columnist at the Kenya Free Press