Protests planned as ‘millionaires fair’ opens in Munich

17th October 2008, Comments 0 comments

The Millionaire Fair is the first in Germany and features cigars with gold leaf and tablecloths laden with diamonds.

Munich -- Anti-poverty campaigners gathered Thursday to protest at the evening opening of a luxury goods fair in Munich aimed at millionaires.

The Millionaire Fair is the first in Germany but the 14th in a series to be organized by Dutch publisher Yves Gijrath in cities like Shanghai. One of the events, in Moscow, was said to have closed with 500 million euros in sales.

The 16,000-square-meter show runs until Sunday and features 100 manufacturers of such luxury items as cigars with gold leaf in the wrapping and tablecloths with 550 diamonds sewn on.

Toys on sale will include very expensive cars and luxury yachts. German entertainment and sports personalities were invited to a VIP opening party Thursday evening.

The Munich Sozialforum, which campaigns against poverty, said it would hold a vigil outside under the motto, "Your showing off makes us sick."


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