Thousands march in Germany ahead of G20, NATO summits

30th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

World leaders, including US President Barack Obama on his first visit to Europe since he took office, will gather in London on Thursday for the G20 summit against a background of crisis.

Berlin -- Thousands of people marched through the centres of Berlin and Frankfurt Saturday in protests ahead of summits of the Group of 20 and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Organisers had said they hoped for 40,000 participants but finally settled for 25,000, while police put the combined total at 10,000.

The demonstrations took place calmly and no incidents were reported.

World leaders, including US President Barack Obama on his first visit to Europe since he took office, will gather in London on Thursday for the G20 summit against a background of environmental crisis.

The NATO summit takes place Friday and Saturday in the French city of Strasbourg and across the border in Kehl, Germany.

Tens of thousands also marched in London Saturday for "jobs, justice and climate."

AFP/Expatica

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