On one side of the barriers angry protests, on the other, the annual summit of the world’s financial leaders gathered in Australia. Angry outbursts against police broke out in Melbourne as demonstrators were pushed back from reaching the meeting of the Group of 20 economic powers.
A hardcore of anti-globalisation activists dressed in white overalls hurled bottles at police and overturned barricades. Despite the sporadic violent confrontations there were no arrests or injuries reported. Inside the G20 summit venue, the Australian hosts accused the protesters of trying to damage the country’s reputation.
The ministers are studying ways to maintain world prosperity whilst taking into account growing energy needs caused by population growth and the rise in power of economic giants like China and India. Though G20 ministers say they are taking global warming seriously, for demonstrators the promotion of economic growth and trade is not only a massive environmental hazard but also plunging parts of the world into dire poverty.