German police have said that around 30,000 people from opposition parties, anti-globalisation activists and environmentalists rallied in Munich against the June Group of Seven (G7) summit which will be held over the weekend of June 7-8 in southern state of Bavaria.
The G7 leaders will meet in Bavaria under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to negotiate a treaty between the US and EU.
Protesters marched toward the Alpine venue in which Chancellor Angela Merkel will welcome G7 Leaders. They chanted “Stop TTIP - Save the Climate - Fight Poverty" and "Throw your treaty in the garbage."
Nearly 3,000 police officers were present at the rally and it took place without the occurrence of violent incidents.
One of the speakers at the rally, Anton Hofreiter, said that "We must bring as much pressure as possible to bear.”
Far-left Linke party member Klaus Ernst added that "No one in the world needs the TTIP treaty - only big companies think it's necessary."
The spokesman for an alliance of non-governmental organisations, Markus Weber, announced that the peaceful protests will continue during the two-day meetings.
"We will use peaceful and creative protests to make sure our demands are heard," Weber added.
A tent camp were built by 1000 activists near the Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen where the meetings will be held. The German government has sent 25,000 police to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
According to the recent polls, 43 percent of the German population considered the proposed US-EU trade agreement as being “bad” for Germany.
G7 summit without Russia
Merkel said that the absence Russia of from the G7 “in a certain sense, is a loss, but it was necessary."
Merkel added that the crisis between Ukraine and Russia has been violating the "peaceful order in Europe that formed after the Second World War."
"Some things require a lot of time, but in this case we need a change in Russia's position, which I currently don’t see," she added.
The leaders of the G7 countries - the US, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Canada - which used to be G8 when it included Russia, held a summit last year in Rome without Russian President Vladimir Putin, as a protest against Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.
In June 7-8 meetings, the leaders will cover issues such as protection of the environment, health, sustainable economic growth and free trade, global security policies, and international trade.