Several people taken to hospital after scuffles break out in Garmisch-Partenkirchen as demonstrators – some throwing bottles – face off with riot police.
The crowd was estimated by police at 3,500-4,000 while organisers put it at 7,500. Police vastly outnumbered the marchers in the picturesque former winter Olympic games venue at the foot of Germany’s highest mountain – the Zugspitze.
At the two-day summit David Cameron will call on his fellow members Germany France the US Italy Canada and Japan – to tackle international corruption. In a speech on Sunday – in the wake of the crisis that has engulfed world football’s governing body the prime minister is set to call corruption a ‘cancer’ and the ‘arch-enemy of democracy’.
Cameron is also expected to urge fellow world leaders to come to an agreement on the controversial US-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – to which many of those protesting have strong objections. Negotiations on the treaty have lasted more than 700 days.
Campaigners at Global Justice Now – one of the groups protesting in the resort – said they expect a Europe-wide petition against TTIP to hit 2m signatures in the coming week.
Guy Taylor of Global Justice Now said: ‘There is clearly no mandate for the G7 leaders to be pushing ahead with this disastrous trade deal.
TTIP may bring some economic benefits for a tiny handful of the business elite but for the rest of us it would mean compromising vital public services – the stripping of regulations protecting labour rights and the environment – and a dramatic erosion of democratic process’.