G7 summit meeting: Sütterlin-Waack honors the work of the police | NDR.de – News

As of: 05/13/2022 6:19 p.m

Police officers from all over Germany are on duty for the G7 talks of foreign ministers in Weissenhaus on the Baltic Sea. Schleswig-Holstein’s Interior Minister Sabine Sütterlin Waack (CDU) is very satisfied with the work.

The deployment at the G7 summit on the Baltic Sea coast is not the largest in the history of the country in terms of strength – but it is one of the most demanding, said Schleswig-Holstein’s Interior Minister Sabine Sütterlin-Waack (CDU) on Friday: “I still have it today once convinced that almost nothing was left to chance.” The officials would have to secure the conference venue – on land, on water and in the air, according to Sütterlin-Waack. At the same time, they must guarantee public safety and the right to freedom of expression around the clock.

Quiet so far

The historic Schlossgut Weissenhaus in East Holstein Wangels, otherwise known as a luxury hotel complex, has been the scene of world politics since Thursday. The foreign ministers of the G7 states are discussing, among other things, the situation in the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and its consequences. Around 3,500 officers from the federal and state police and the Federal Criminal Police Office are currently ensuring the security of the G7 meeting. So far, however, the police have had little to do in the holiday region. A police spokeswoman said on Friday afternoon that the situation around the conference venue had been peaceful since the meeting began.

The officials only became active in two other cases: Because they violated the restricted area around the conference venue, a real estate agent who wanted to photograph a building with a drone and the pilot of a small plane are being investigated.

VIDEO: Peaceful protest on the sidelines of the G7 summit (1 min)

Greenpeace action not registered, but peaceful

On Friday morning, Greenpeace activists demonstrated on the Baltic Sea beach for the G7 countries to become independent of fossil fuels quickly. 15 Greenpeace demonstrators have donned purple painter’s suits and mocked up a peace sign on the beach. They also put out a 12 by 12 meter banner there. Then the appeal: “Get out of the fossils, into peace.” The action was not registered and took place a few kilometers from the meeting place of the ministers – but outside the restricted zone. According to the police, everything remained peaceful. No further protests have been registered for Saturday. Overall, the police expect the G7 meeting in Weißenhaus to go smoothly.

Officials commute between the place of action and accommodation

The 3,500 emergency services are not only accommodated at the holiday resort itself, but also in Kiel and Lübeck – some even further, to the outskirts of Hamburg. They all have to commute between their accommodation and the place of action: “Therefore, it can get crowded on the streets throughout Schleswig-Holstein this weekend,” warns Jana Reuter from the Schleswig-Holstein state police. Drivers should be prepared for this.

Bag checks for pedestrians and cyclists

There are numerous road closures in Weißenhaus and the surrounding area. For example, the B202 between Döhnsdorf and Farve and the district road 48 from Weißenhaus to Brök have been completely blocked from Thursday morning until early Saturday evening. The detour for the B202 runs from Kaköhl and from Farve and is signposted.

The Baltic Sea is also closed within a radius of 2.5 kilometers around the venue. Drones are not allowed to fly within a 9 km radius, hunting is prohibited within a 10 km radius. “Pedestrians and cyclists also have to expect checks, and bags and backpacks carried along could be searched,” explains Reuter. The state police see themselves well prepared: “We already have some experience. Many were already on duty at the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting in Lübeck five years ago.”

Location should ensure quiet meeting

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Police cordon off a nudist beach during the G7 summit Photo: Julian Marxen

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Weißenhaus, a district of the municipality of Wangels, is somewhat isolated on the Baltic Sea. There are few locals here. The place is characterized by hotels and holiday accommodation. “You can’t just travel there by bus and train. That’s quite a plan: I think the bus only goes there twice a day,” reports Christin Voß. She is mayor of the Oldenburg-Land office, to which the municipality of Wangels belongs. Voss believes that the situation will also mean that the negotiations will run as smoothly as possible.

Mixed feelings among tourism professionals

The tourism professionals in the region are less sure. Many hope that images of the beautiful landscape will stick in the minds of the world public. That could be good advertising for the region, says the operator of a campsite in Weissenhäuser Strand, for example: “It’s huge what’s in store for us. The political situation isn’t so rosy with the war in Ukraine either,” believes Uwe Oelschläger. We live in a democracy, so everyone can say whatever they want. The campsite operator hopes that there won’t be any rioting.

The police have closed the area around the Hotel Schloss Weissenhaus to car traffic. Since Thursday, 8 a.m. until Saturday evening, the B202 between Döhnsdorf and Farve and the district road 48 from Weißenhaus to Brök have been completely closed. The detour for the B202 runs from Kaköhl and from Farve and is signposted.

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