GERMANY: ‘ G7Live: ‘ Conference Protesters Peaceful & Police Keep Watching Brief ‘

#AceNewsReport – GERMANY:June.07: The crisis in Ukraine and the Greek economy are expected to top the agenda of the two-day G7 summit in southern Germany. However, the event has been overshadowed by mass demonstrations by anti-globalization protesters, who plan to hold more rallies.

Sunday, June 7

11:45 GMT:

Prime Minister Cameron also says he wants to see the #FIFA scandal discussed during the summit. He believes this is the perfect opportunity to tackle the broader “cancer” of corruption globally.

“There is something of an international taboo over pointing the finger and stirring up concerns,” Cameron said in a statement on Friday, as cited by Reuters.

“At international summits, leaders meet to talk about aid, economic growth and how to keep our people safe. But we just don’t talk enough about corruption. This has got to change. We have to show some of the same courage that exposed FIFA and break the taboo.”

11:00 GMT:

British PM David Cameron says Europe must stay united on sanctions against Russia over Ukraine conflict despite pain, Reuters reports.

“We need to make sure Europe remains united,” Cameron told reporters at the G7.

“It (sanctions) has an impact on all countries. (But) Britain hasn’t let our pre-eminence in financial services get in the way of taking a robust response to Russian-backed aggression and I don’t think other countries should either.”

10:05 GMT:

The President of the European Council Donald Tusk says the G7 group would like to see Russia back at the forum’s table.

“We would all prefer to see Russia at the table of the forum so that it can become the G8 group. But our group is a community of values and that is why Russia is not with us today and will not be invited as long as it acts aggressively against Ukraine or other countries,” Tusk said in a press conference.

09:57 GMT:

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Meanwhile, it seems as though the protesters have reached the end of the line as they tried to make their way towards the Schloss Elmau hotel.

Ruptly producer Denise Reese, who is at the scene, says there is a relaxed atmosphere and there does not seem to be any hint of trouble at the moment. There are about 500 demonstrators present.

09:53 GMT:

British Prime Minister David Cameron has arrived in Bavaria for the G7 summit. He plans to push EU officials to speed up negotiations to speed up a multi-billion dollar trade deal between the bloc and the US.

His intervention would come after the EU’s chief negotiator said in April that talks to clinch the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would stretch into 2016.

British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) receives flowers from children during a welcoming ceremony at Munich airport, Germany, June 7, 2015. (Reuters / Lukas Barth)

British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) receives flowers from children during a welcoming ceremony at Munich airport, Germany, June 7, 2015. (Reuters / Lukas Barth)

“We launched this at a G8 that was ours in Lough Erne in 2013,” one British official told reporters, which was cited by Reuters. “That was over 700 days ago, and the prime minister feels we should be making swifter progress.”

09:32 GMT:

Barack Obama and Angela Merkel meeting some of the locals.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama meet local inhabitants as they visit Kruen, southern Germany, June 7, 2015. (Reuters / Daniel Karmann / Pool)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama meet local inhabitants as they visit Kruen, southern Germany, June 7, 2015. (Reuters / Daniel Karmann / Pool)

09:24 GMT:

Barack Obama said before the start of the G7 summit that leaders would discuss what they perceive to be Russian “aggression” in Ukraine, as well as the threats posed by extremism and climate change.

“So over the next two days in Schloss Elmau we’re going to discuss our shared future, the global economy that creates jobs and opportunity, maintaining a strong and prosperous European Union, forging new trade partnerships across the Atlantic, standing up to Russian aggression in Ukraine, combating threats from violent extremism to climate change,” Obama said, as cited by Reuters.

U.S. President Barack Obama toasts with beer as he visits Kruen, southern Germany, June 7, 2015. (Reuters / Hannibal Hanschk)

U.S. President Barack Obama toasts with beer as he visits Kruen, southern Germany, June 7, 2015. (Reuters / Hannibal Hanschk)

Before getting down to business, the US president managed to enjoy a traditional Bavarian lunch with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

09:07 GMT:

Ruptly producer Denise Reese has been following the protesters on their march towards the Schloss Elmau hotel.

08:37 GMT:

Demonstrators blocked a road leading to the Schloss Elmau hotel with a sit-down protest. This forced those attending the G7 summit to make the final stretch of their journey by helicopter, Reuters reports.

Bavarian police said on Twitter that 12 protesters had sat down in the road. After the police talked to them, seven of the demonstrators left voluntarily, while five were dragged away forcibly.

08:37 GMT:

Meanwhile, protesters against the G7 summit said that police used a chemical substance on up to 400 people, a spokesperson for the Stop G7 movement told the Sputnik news agency. The spokesperson added that several people suffered injuries after the substance was emitted.

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