Statue of Liberty in a life jacket at G-7 protest

2017-05-26 18:43
Greenpeace activists stage a demonstration in Giardini Naxos, near the venue of the G7 summit. (Angelo Carconi, ANSA via AP)

Greenpeace activists stage a demonstration in Giardini Naxos, near the venue of the G7 summit. (Angelo Carconi, ANSA via AP)

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Taomina - Environmental activists have staged protests on a beach and at sea near the Sicilian hilltop town of Taormina, where leaders of the world's seven wealthiest democracies were meeting.

Greenpeace and Oxfam members carried out stunts on the seafront of Giardini Naxo on Friday to urge the Group of Seven leaders to fight climate change, one of the most problematic issues on the agenda of the two-day meeting.

Greenpeace activists on eight kayaks unfurled banners at sea with messages including "Planet Earth first." On shore they unveiled a 4-metre Statue of Liberty in a life jacket that symbolised the plight of migrants and the threat of rising seas, one effect of climate change.

Oxfam activists wore masks representing the seven leaders and had a banner with the words "Paris Agreement," the deal to fight global warming which US President Trump has threatened to abandon.

Read more on:    greenpeace  |  italy  |  climate change

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