Meeting with Corinna Genschel, co-organiser demo and counter-summit
7pm in die LINKE Offices Neukölln (Wipperstraße 6, S-/U-Bahn Neukölln)
In July, Donald Trump will be visiting Germany for the first time – to attend the G20 summit in Hamburg. Also attending will be Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Vladimir Putin, Theresa May, and whichever neoliberal racist wins the coming French elections.
At the start of the Millennium, the G20 and G8 summits were the focal point of the new anti-capitalist movement, seeing massive protests in Genoa in 2001, Edinburgh in 2005 and Heiligendamm in Germany in 2007. Since then, the demonstrations have been smaller, partly because of the decline of the anti-capitalist movement, but also because the G8 and G20 have held their meetings well away from possible large protests in city centres.
Hamburg 2017 will be different. Firstly, the representatives of the 1% will be meeting in the Schanzenviertel – the radical working-class disctrict that was the home of the pro-refugee Lampedusa movement. Secondly, the mere presence of Donald Trump guarantees mass resistance. Demo organisers are expecting a protest of 100,000 people.
Corinna Genschel is Die LINKE contact person with “new social movements” and is part of the broad alliance organising the protests and counter-summit and Hamburg. On 27 March, she will be talking to us about the relevance of the protests, what has been planned so far, and what we can do to fight neo-liberalism in Hamburg and Berlin.