Protests at G7 Cornwall: Latest on demonstrations continue during summit in Carbis Bay

SAS paddle out protest Falmouth G7
Environmental campaigners Surfers against Sewage staging their protest in Falmouth. Credit: Surfers Against Sewage / Twin Fin Film Co

Protests are being held across Cornwall as world leaders meet for the G7 Summit at the Carbis Bay Hotel this weekend.

Hundreds of people took to the sea in Falmouth to call on the G7 summit to take action to protect the ocean. The Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) campaign group organised the event, which saw almost 1,000 people register to participate.

The group launched into the sea off Gyllyngvase Beach earlier on Saturday.

The paddle out in Falmouth Credit: Surfers Against Sewage / Twin Fin Film Co

They took action as the G7 Summit leaders continue to discuss the planet's biggest issues, including climate change.

(Ben Birchall/PA) Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

Elsewhere other demonstrators set fire to a boat close to the hotel where G7 delegates are staying in a bid to highlight “the death of our oceans”.

Activists dressed as Boris Johnson and an Oil Tycoon set light to a Viking ship to highlight "the death of our oceans." Credit: Cornwall Live/BPM Media

Ocean Rebellion - the seas-focused wing of Extinction Rebellion - staged the event close to the Tregenna Castle last night (June 11) with a model of a Viking-style ship with the words “As the seas die, we die” on the sail.

The event was the latest in a series of protests which the group has organised in the wake of the summit.

In Falmouth, Extinction Rebellion marched through the town to also raise awareness of the climate emergency.

Extinction rebellion protest in Falmouth which is aiming to draw G7 leaders' attention to climate change. Credit: Cornwall/BPM Media

Elsewhere, in Falmouth, 50 protestors occupied a McDonald’s in the afternoon.

Protestors from environmental and animal justice group, Animal Rebellion, sat at tables inside and outside the fast food chain.

In response to the demonstrators gathering at the restuarant, a spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall police said: "We engaged with protestors and staff at the restaurant and monitored the situation. The protest has since ended, and there were no arrests were made."

In Hayle, around 200 people joined the Resist G7 coalition to highlight what they describe as the global inequality at the heart of the G7.

Campaigners raised awareness of the victims of wars in Palestine, Kashmir and Yemen, among other countries not represented at the international summit at Carbis Bay.

Resist G7 protest in Hayle. Credit: ITV News

A spokesperson for RG7 stated: "We are linking international struggles on this day of action, and we are bringing attention to the struggles of silenced voices across the world.

"The G7 nations are responsible for death and destruction around the world. Five of the G7 nations are in the global top ten for arms trade sales in the world. Over 50% of global arms are accounted for by G7 nations."

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