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"1,000 Figures" protest in Hamburg, Germany

Demonstrators dressed as clay figures to protest the G20 Summit

Protesters march in Hamburg ahead of the G20 summit

Hundreds of people wore clay-colored clothing and paint Wednesday as they protested the upcoming Group of 20 (G20) Summit in Hamburg, Germany.

The demonstrators gradually assembled in a central square in the city before dancing and stripping off the gray coverings to reveal brightly colored clothes or their naked bodies instead.

“The ‘1,000 Shapes’ are representing a petrified and encrusted society, where everyone is trapped in his own stiff structure,” Rita Cohel, a member of the “1,000 Gestalten” (“1,000 Figures”) collective, said in a video interview Wednesday.

“This is also aiming at the G20 Summit with a small round of people deciding about the rest of the world and expediting the mantra of growth, and that’s what we are criticizing,” she added.

“And we appeal to the people to stand up to the destructive mechanisms of capitalism.”

Multiple Twitter users on Wednesday shared photographs of the unusual protest, which comes before the 12th annual G20 Summit Friday and Saturday in Hamburg.


The G20 is a global forum for the governments and central banks for the world’s 20 largest economies.

Newsweek reported Wednesday that police in Hamburg battled hundreds of protesters late Tuesday, ultimately controlling the crowd with pepper spray and water cannons.

This year’s edition of the summit is especially tense as it contains controversial leaders including President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A note from Germany’s Defense Ministry reportedly leaked to the Der Spiegel newspaper there additionally advises German soldiers against wearing their uniforms during the event.

The message purportedly warns that publicly wearing such outfits could lead to “spontaneous attacks by members of violent-prone participants of leftwing extremist protest.”

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