While the summit of the Group of 20 of the world’s major economic powers brings together many world leaders in Rome, it also attracts laid-off factory workers, climate activists, anti-globalization activists, unions, feminist groups, communists and perhaps vaccine skeptics and fascists. in protest.
“There will be many of us,” said Gino Orsini, representative of the Si Cobas union, one of the organizers of a demonstration scheduled for Saturday to coincide with the Group of 20 rally.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Group of 8 summit organized by Italy in the city of Genoa, in the north of the country, which was marred by riots. It is also a moment of tension between the authorities and opponents of the Italian government’s demands for vaccination against the coronavirus, which has given rise to violent clashes.
“The level of attention is maximum,” said Giovanni Borrelli, a local government official, adding that 5,500 additional law enforcement officers were deployed over the weekend.
Climate protesters briefly staged a sit-in on the main avenue leading to the G20 site on Saturday morning, but offered no resistance when police forcibly evicted them. And the organizers of Saturday’s protests vowed there would be no violence.
“It will be a relatively calm march,” said Lavinia Iovino, 15, representative of the Italian branch of the international youth-led movement Fridays for Future.
She said they plan to urge the leaders of the Group of 20 to act urgently at a time of unprecedented interest in climate change and social justice. “This is the time when we can do the most,” she said. “What we don’t do now, we won’t be able to do in the future.”
The green march will be joined by the trade unions and factory workers who will seize the opportunity to express their anger against the elites. “This is a protest against all the G20 governments which represent the party that dominates the world and exploits the workers,” said Mr. Orsini, the union representative.
It was not clear whether vaccine opponents and neo-fascist groups would show up on Saturday. But neo-fascist groups have joined recent protests against coronavirus vaccination requirements, and some of their members assaulted the headquarters of Italy’s largest union on October 9.
Since then, other threats to “take Rome” have drawn only scattered crowds. But on Facebook groups, opponents of the Italian coronavirus health pass threatened to participate in the protests.
“The situation and the moment are quite complicated,” Lamberto Giannini, the Italian police chief, told a press conference on Wednesday. “The narrative on the web is really disturbing. “