Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD) sees no dangers for the forthcoming G7 summit in Elmau after the deployment documents from the 2015 G7 summit appeared on the Internet.
During a flying visit to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the minister explained that although the data leak wasn’t pretty, it was “not that much” of a concern for the authorities concerned. The fact that the leak happened at all is “certainly not very good.”
Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) and police spokesman had already made similar statements the day before. Hermann had explained that those responsible were currently assuming that the leak “is not critical for the operation that is now imminent”. You do some things similar to seven years ago. But the police also do a lot differently than they did seven years ago. The G7 summit took place at Schloss Elmau in 2015.
Leak auf de.Indymedia
The documents were available on the online platform de.Indymedia, which was classified as left-wing extremist. She has been observed by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution for some time. Faeser initially left open whether there could be steps against the platform: “We are now looking at it very closely.”
According to Faeser, there is currently no specific threat to the summit. However, one notices a now increasing interest by clicking on the website for the G7 summit. Activities would be expected from left-wing extremist organizations, but also criticism from those who took to the streets because of the corona measures. Protests in connection with the war in Ukraine are also not excluded, since Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj is expected to attend, among others.
Violent protests and counter-demos
The minister warned opponents of the summit against violent protests. “Yes, you can demonstrate if you disagree.” The demonstrations must remain peaceful. Several organizations have announced demonstrations. The biggest is planned for Saturday in Munich. In addition, there should be several protest events in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area.
At the Griesen border checkpoint, Faeser visited federal police officers who carry out temporary checks there. The controls should also prevent violent criminals from entering the country. Incoming travelers could be rejected “if we have an occasion that is protected by the rule of law”.
According to the dpa, the police have so far found G7-critical graffiti on site and the manipulation of a power box is associated with the summit.
G7 can be protected by around 18,000 police forces
The heads of state and government of the G7 countries are meeting at Schloss Elmau from 26 to 28 June at the invitation of Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD). In addition to host Germany, the G7 group includes France, Italy, Japan, Canada, the USA and Great Britain. The meeting should deal with the major crises and human issues – from the Ukraine war to famine and man-made global warming.
The police have already cordoned off the Schloss Elmau conference venue. Since Sunday, access has only been granted to those who can show accreditation. Around 18,000 police officers will protect the summit. Around 7,000 officers from the Federal Police and 1,000 from the Federal Criminal Police Office are deployed. THW, rescue services and the fire brigade are to support the police forces. Up to 100 officers are on duty around the clock in the police headquarters – current information and news are shown on a 40 square meter monitor wall.
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