At the end of June, the G7 summit will take place at Schloss Elmau. The Free State of Bavaria is arming itself against the expected protest with tens of thousands of police officers and a prison collection point in the Garmisch Olympic Stadium. The magistrates should work in shifts.
Preparations for the G7 summit at the end of June at Schloss Elmau are also in full swing. Both in the luxury hotel, where the Minutes of the Federal Foreign Office have been meticulously planning everything for months, and around the hotel, where the Free State of Bavaria is arming itself for the smooth running of the summit.
That means above all: a lot of police. As “Telepolis” reports, 18,000 emergency services are ready to secure the summit. A prisoner assembly point – in official German “police detention complex” – will also be set up in the ski stadium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Right next to it, two dozen judges and prosecutors are said to be working shifts in office containers.
“In the event that arrest warrants have to be applied for,” said the press spokesman for the Bavarian Ministry of Justice “Telepolis”. The police seem to expect that these will be applied for.
From Monday, Germany will also reintroduce border controls at the internal borders of the Schengen area to protect the summit. The Federal Ministry of the Interior announced this on Saturday with reference to increased security requirements. Border controls would be carried out between June 13 and July 3 depending on the situation. They would be arranged flexibly in terms of time and location. This is to prevent the arrival of chaos and violent criminals from abroad.
Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) welcomed the temporary establishment of border controls. “This decision was absolutely necessary,” said Herrmann of the German Press Agency. The Germany-wide internal border controls had already proven their worth at the G7 summit in 2015 – also in Elmau. “The global political situation has worsened again compared to then,” says Herrmann.
The Bavarian border police will support the federal police with the controls. The smooth running of the summit has the highest priority. Bavaria will do everything possible to protect the participants and guests of the summit as well as the local population.
The residents along the arrival and departure route had already received a visit from the police at the end of May. Because there can be closures and impairments on this so-called “protocol route”, one wants to create understanding and identify possible danger spots with residents and traders.
This can be “e.g. piles of wood, mailboxes or garbage can houses that could serve as possible hiding places for dangerous objects,” says the police about the action.
Opponents of the G7 summit have been planning protests throughout June – peaceful ones. A large protest camp in Garmisch will then be approved from June 23rd to 29th. There will be an “alternative summit” on June 24th, a large demonstration in Garmisch on June 26th and a star march to Elmau on June 27th.