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Protesters plan a ‘resist G7’ mass day of action in Cornwall


A diverse range of local, national and international groups and individuals are coming together to resist the G7 and are planning a “mass day of action” when the global summit of world leaders is held in Cornwall on June 12.

Resist G7 Coalition was formed in response to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that the G7 Summit will take place in Carbis Bay on June 11 to 13.

The G7 – which is made up of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the USA – is the only forum where, according to the UK government, “the world’s most influential and open societies and advanced economies are brought together for close-knit discussions”.

The Cornish summit will also be attended by the leaders of guest countries Australia, South Korea and India.

The resistance coalition is calling for local, national and international protests in response to the summit. It is also planning a counter conference, aiming to create a “legacy of resistance and alternatives for Cornwall and beyond”.

A mass day of action is being called for June 12, although what exactly this looks like in terms of actions in Cornwall will be Covid-dependent and announced nearer the time.

The launch statement reads: “We believe in a world where we put people and planet before profit, where justice means justice on a global scale, where wealth is shared equally and not pocketed by the 1%.

“Our world should not be a play thing for the rich. It belongs to all of us. And it’s down to us, the people, to stand together, to resist, and to create the future we want to see. The world leaders at the G7 aren’t going to do it for us. The system needs changing. And if we want change, we have to act.”

A spokesperson for the group added: “Our planet is on fire. While world leaders dine in a restaurant where the most expensive wine costs £850 a bottle, the climate and ecological crisis rages on.”

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They continued: “We’ve been working hard to bring together people from different groups and communities to launch this new coalition to resist the G7.

“It’s exciting to see so many groups working cooperatively and building alternative visions of what the world could look like.

“Boris Johnson is bringing the G7 to Carbis Bay; one of Cornwall’s most deprived areas. In fact Cornwall is a microcosm of the inequalities created by the G7. Local people are priced out of property markets, food and fuel poverty is endemic and what jobs are available, are generally low paid and seasonal.

“Cornwall needs radical change that gives autonomy to local people to create the society they want to see. We want a Cornwall that’s organised for the people who live here, not designed for second home owners and wealthy tourists.”

A protester, who has attended several global summits over the past 20 years, had previously told Cornwall Live that the people of the Duchy are in for a “nasty surprise” at the scale of the security operation around the G7.

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Devon and Cornwall Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Glen Mayhew told Cornwall Live last month that the Force will engage with protest groups ahead of the G7 Summit in order to minimise disruption.

He said: “People will see more police officers during the event. That’s to make sure we’re all kept safe, so people should be reassured by the policing presence not alarmed by it.

“We will be engaging with all the protect groups. I recognise the right to protest and I recognise protest groups will see the appeal of this type of event, so we will be working with them to allow for them to protest but to ensure they don’t threaten the security of the event and enable us to minimise disruption to local residents.”

ACC Mayhew stressed it was too early to put a figure on the cost of the police operation or exactly how many…



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