G20 Summit: Why The People Protest

G20 Summit: Why The People Protest

The G20, an international forum developed in 1999, organises summits to study and review policy-related issues that are beyond an individual organisation, and would help attain world peace.

The reason there has been a rise in the number of anti-G20 protests over the years is the belief that the topics of discussion focus mainly on capitalist agendas.

According to a researcher at the University of Toronto's Munk School, Julia Kulnk, "The G20 Summit was founded to make globalisation for the benefit of all."

This belief of people has been shattered as over the years, big think tanks have taken a back step.

Not to mention that such summits are often addressed in political jargon and the meetings are conducted behind the closed doors. There is no space for transparency.

According to a Croatian philosopher, Sreko Horvat, "The real problem is the dogmatic slumber of the leaders of the free world, represented at this G20 summit by Merkel, May and others, which is the origin of our current dystopian nightmare (wars, terrorism, the refugee crisis and climate change). In this sense, the current G20 is not just a demonstration of disagreement on all fronts, but - after Hamburg -- whether the G20 can continue to exist at all."


Although these summits attract protests every year, the last time it got violent was in 2009 in London.

Around 4,000 members has gathered at in a sit-down. According to a report in The Telegraph, police officials were reprimanded for behaving brutally with the silent protestors.

In 2010, over 1,000 people were illegally detained  in Toronto.


Chancellor Merkel's reasons for holding the summit in Hamburg is political in the sense that she wants to show that big protests can be tolerated in a democratic country.

"We're united in our will to strengthen multilateral relations at the G20 summit. We need an open society, especially open trade flows," Reuters quoted Merkel

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