Thousands protest across Falmouth on second day of G7 summit

Extinction Rebellion rally in Kimberly Park, Falmouth | Amelia Lucie and Luke Court

Protests have continued on the second day of the G7 summit in Cornwall, with thousands taking to the streets in Falmouth.

Click here to read the Anchor’s coverage of yesterday’s protests and arrests made near G7 sites.

Surfers Against Sewage demonstration at Gyllyngvase beach, Falmouth | Saksha Menezes

Around 1,000 people, according to organisers, assembled at Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth for a demonstration organised by Surfers Against Sewage, highlighting the ocean and climate crisis. Organisers encouraged social distancing and mask-wearing while on the beach, which was largely observed.

Campaigners took to the water on surfboards, paddleboards, and kayaks.

Demonstrators dressed up as world leaders in Falmouth | Amelia Lucie and Luke Court

After posing for photographs yesterday on Swanpool beach near Falmouth, Oxfam activists wearing large heads depicting G7 leaders were back at the beach today for a climate protest.

A meditation protest was held at the Church Street car park in Falmouth, the town’s designated protest site.

Extinction Rebellion march in Falmouth | Scott Thomson

Following another protest in St Ives yesterday, thousands gathered for an Extinction Rebellion demonstration in Falmouth focusing on the climate. Peaceful campaigners assembled at Kimberly Park and marched through town, accompanied with green smoke.

There were chants of “G7 drowning in promises” and “Action not words.”

Many travelled across the country to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Speaking to the Anchor, activists outlined three major demands.

Firstly, the government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.

Secondly, the government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

Thirdly, the government must create and be led by the decisions of a citizen’s assembly on climate and ecological justice.

One activist cycled down from Brighton and, when asked what compelled him to come to Falmouth, said: “For action and for change.”

Another protestor said: “If we don’t do something immediately, our planet is not going to survive, meaning the extinction of the entire human race, and I have children, so I’m really keen to make sure we don’t do that.”

The Red Rebel Brigade in Falmouth | Amelia Lucie and Luke Court

The Red Rebel Brigade, “an international performance artivist troupe”, and Green Spirits marched while dressed in colourful outfits.

Protestors drew attention to Tigray in Falmouth | Scott Thomson

Around a few hundred protestors drew attention to the Tigray crisis while marching in Falmouth. The war-torn region in Ethiopia has received international attention, with 350,000 people living in crisis and many facing starvation.

An “internationalist march” made its way through Hayle, drawing attention to Palestine, Kashmir, and Kurdistan.

A senior local police officer thanked campaigners for protesting peacefully. Devon and Cornwall Police added: “We will continue to work with protest groups and where necessary take robust action against anyone looking to cause disruption or disorder.”

Further protests are planned for tomorrow, the final day of the summit.