- Title: Hundreds of protesters march amid massive security at G7
- Date: 27th May 2017
- Summary: GIARDINI NAXOS, ITALY (MAY 27, 2017) (REUTERS) RIOT POLICE ON STREET NEXT TO VEHICLE POLICE OFFICERS BUILDINGS ON HILL LOCALS WAITING FOR DEMONSTRATORS TO ARRIVE DEMONSTRATORS MARCHING HOLDING LARGE BANNER / CHANTING "Italy out of NATO" WOMEN HOLDING BANNER CHANTING (Italian): "War, oppression, violence letâ€™s start our rebellion." DEMONSTRATOR CHANTING MAN HOLDING HIS FIST UP AND WAVING FLAG, CHANTING (Italian): "Fight for socialism. Our future is not capitalism." CARICATURE POSTER SHOWING U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HOLDING THE GLOBE AND POCKET FAN / DEMONSTRATORS VARIOUS OF DEMONSTRATORS CHANTING DEMONSTRATOR DRESSED IN PIRATE COSTUME SHAKING HANDS WITH MAN (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) DEMONSTRATOR, LARA TURRISI, SAYING: "These seven powerful leaders come from a long way away, from Washington, from the U.K. from France. They have decided to come here and make decisions about things on our territory and to remove our right to decide what happens where we actually live. The people who are participating here today feel oppressed by the politics which forces us to have these seven leaders over our heads." DEMONSTRATOR HOLDING CARICATURE POSTERS, WITH ONE READING (Italian): "ADD A SEAT AT THE TABLE" WITH LEADERS OF THE GROUP OF SEVEN DIGGING INTO A GLOBE G7 LEADERS BEING BLOWN UP WITH VOLCANIC ASH FROM MOUNT ETNA / POSTER BEING TURNED AROUND TO SHOW SKELETON ON BICYCLE WITH NAZI SWASTIKA WHEELS (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) DEMONSTRATOR, LUCA CANGEMI, SAYING: "This (demonstration) shows our complete refusal to accept the power of these seven assassins who have come to Taormina to decide new wars, new environmental disasters and new attacks on human rights." WAVING FLAG AND PLAYING INSTRUMENTS DEMONSTRATOR DRUMMING MORE OF DEMONSTRATORS
- Embargoed: 10th June 2017 15:39
- Keywords: Giardini Naxos migrants climate protests G7 summit Italy
- Location: GIARDINI NAXOS, ITALY
- City: GIARDINI NAXOS, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Topics: G7,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IM4V2F
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hundreds of people marched on Saturday (May 27) amid massive security measures put in place for the Group of Seven meeting nearby, protesting against world leaders who they said ignored the interests of regular people.
Some 3,500 were expected, but actual turnout appeared to be about half of that. Demonstrators blamed the low turnout in part on heavy security.
U.S. President Donald Trump and the heads of Italy, France, Britain, Germany, Canada and Japan had been meeting in Taormina, which sits on a rocky hilltop just north of Giardini Naxos.
Busloads of police lined the route of the march in what is normally a sleepy town of beach-going tourists, while a police helicopter circled above.
Some protesters carried red flags bearing the communist hammer and sickle symbol.
Fears of violent protests like the ones seen in Genoa in 2001 prompted the mayor of Giardini Naxos to order all local businesses to close for the day.
Sixteen years ago throngs of protesters clashed with authorities in street battles spread out over two days, and police shot dead an anti-globalisation protester during some of Italy's worst-ever riots.
In Giardini, local shopkeepers boarded up their windows and complained about lost business as the tourist season gets underway.
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