Question Looms Over This Year’s Group of 7: Where Are All the Protesters?

Question Looms Over This Year’s Group of 7: Where Are All the Protesters?

It’s challenging to be an activist this year, what with the pandemic, a hermetically sealed summit and a new American president who is hard to get too worked up over. Question Looms Over This Year’s Group of 7: Where Are All the Protesters? FALMOUTH, England — It was no diaper-clad Donald J. Trump, but this year’s Group of 7 meeting got its own inflatable mascot on Friday: a floating blimp that caricatures President Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, holding hands and waving, each wearing swim trunks in the design of their national flags. A coalition of advocacy groups behind the blimp took reporters and photographers out on a morning cruise in the mist and drizzle — known in Cornwall as “mizzle” — to see its launch off the coast of a Cornish fishing port where the world’s news media is encamped to cover the summit. For all the atmosphere, the stark contrast between the two inflatables underscored just how challenging it is to be an activist at the Group of 7 this year, what with the pandemic, a hermetically …
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