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G7 protests: Thousands March against Summit

The G7 gathering is taking place in  France,  against a backdrop of growing worries about a global economic downturn and coincides with an era of international disunity across an array of issues that have strained decades-old allegiances.

As world leaders gathered in France’s Biarritz, thousands of people took part in a demonstration in the nearby town of Hendaye.

French riot police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse anti-capitalism protesters in Bayonne, near the resort of Biarritz where the G7 nation allies were meeting for a three-day summit.

The protesters shouted “Everybody hates the police” and “anti, anti anti-capitalists” as the mood took a darker turn from peaceful protests  in an authorized march on the French-Spanish border.

Protesters called for urgent climate action and accused world leaders of causing inequality.

A placard reading ‘stop climate crime’ is held by a demonstrators take part in a march in Hendaye, south-west France

Roiled by months of anti-government protests this year, France has deployed more than 13,000 police to ensure protesters get nowhere near U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders.

 

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