About 200 people have marched through the town of Hayle, near Carbis Bay, to take part in a “Resist G7” protest.
The group included members of CND and the Stop the War coalition, trade unionists, supporters of Palestine and Kashmir and anarchists.
They met on the quayside and processed through the town and on to the beach. The march was delayed as they waited for a members of the Kashmiri community who were travelling to Cornwall from Derby. Organisers said they had been stopped by police on the way down.
There was frustration from the protestors that they were so far away – more than a mile – from Carbis Bay but a ring of steel means they cannot get nearer.
The same coalition is planning a “Kill the Bill” march in the area on Sunday.
Prof Clare Saunders, an expert in environmental protests from the University of Exeter who is observing activists in Cornwall, said: “Protests organised by networks and organisations so far have been friendly and open to all. There is a real community, festival-type atmosphere.
“It looks like the lack of public transport in Cornwall has helped create a sense of community between protestors. Rather than relying on trains or buses many are getting lifts together in cars, and I think this is helping to create a friendly atmosphere.”
A second police officer involved in the security operation around the G7 summit in Cornwall has tested positive for Covid.
Devon and Cornwall’s police told the Guardian on Saturday: “As part of our testing regime, we have identified one officer who is currently supporting G7 policing who has tested positive for Covid-19 following a PCR test on 11 June.”
The officer is one of the 5,000 from forces outside Devon and Cornwall who have arrived to help the local police. He was not staying on the cruise ship MS Silja Europa, which is housing 1,000 officers.
A police spokesperson said: “The officer, plus a further five officers who have come into close contact, will be repatriated back to their host force where they will enter into a period of self-isolation as per the advice of Public Health England.
“We can confirm that those affected were not staying on the ferry. We wish them a speedy recovery and thank them for their support to this operation.”
On Friday police said one officer who had been billeted on the ship tested positive. That positive led to 11 other officers having to isolate.
Hundreds of surfers, kayakers, swimmers and paddle boarders took to the sea off Falmouth for a mass “paddle out” calling on world leaders to put ocean health at the heart of the G7 summit.
Organisers of the mass “paddle out”, Cornish-based Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), said demonstrators hoped to drive home the need for urgent action by governments in the face of the global climate emergency.
Surfers from all over the UK gathered on Gyllyngvase beach in brilliant sunshine, some unfurling banners demanding: “Save our seas” while others chanted: “Climate action, now!” and: “Do not let or planet die”. A giant inflatable shark warned about the issue of sea life-consuming discarded plastic.
Rhi Westcott, 38, a surfer who traveled from Cheltenham, Glos, to join the demonstration, said: “Protecting our oceans is something millions of us feel very strongly about. Today is about sending a message to governments that the world demands action, that helping to better protect our oceans and the environment is paramount.”
Hugo Tagholm, the chief executive of SAS, said: “SAS is bringing together hundreds of ocean activists and supporters who are calling for great protection of our oceans.
“We’ve got world leaders, down the coastline in Carbis Bay, discussing how we’re going to emerge from the pandemic greener and more sustainable and the ocean needs to be central to that. We have to put the ocean at the heart of climate action.”
SAS is calling on G7 leaders to:
Stop damaging the ccean
- Ban destructive extraction of ocean resources.
- Unite to regulate ocean pollution.
Protect, manage and restore the ocean
- Expand effective ocean protection, management and restoration of people, biodiversity and climate.
- Catalyse and coordinate action on ocean, carbon, and climate.
Lead a decade of global ocean action
- Prioritise ocean nature-based solutions and support ocean science.
- Close the gaps in ocean governance and finance.
- Mainstream ocean education.
G7 leaders will sign an agreement on Saturday aimed at ensuring an outbreak like Covid can never happen again.
The Carbis Bay declaration will include commitments to step up research into zoonotic diseases, which jump from animals to humans. The UK will establish an animal vaccine manufacturing and innovation centre at the Pirbright Institute in Surrey, expected to be up and running next year.
The G7 leaders will be joined by the Indian, South Korean, Australian and South African delegations – attending the G7 at the UK’s invitation – for their discussions about health.
They will be shown a presentation by the UK government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, and Melinda French Gates on the work of the Pandemic Preparedness Partnership, a group of international experts advising the G7 on detecting and preventing future outbreaks.
Their recommendations include cutting the time taken to develop and license vaccines, treatments and diagnostics for any future disease to less than 100 days, and reinforcing global surveillance networks to identify and track new pandemic threats.