Pro-Palestinian Protesters Clash with Police in Naples During G7 Meeting

Pro-Palestinian protesters clashed with police in Naples during the G7 meeting, calling for de-escalation of Israel-Gaza conflict. G7 ministers condemned Iran's attacks on Israel and discussed using frozen Russian assets to aid Ukraine.

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Pro-Palestinian Protesters Clash with Police in Naples During G7 Meeting

Pro-Palestinian Protesters Clash with Police in Naples During G7 Meeting

Pro-Palestinian protesters confronted police in Naples, Italy on Thursday during the G7 foreign ministers' meeting, calling for a de-escalation of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza. The meeting, held on the Italian resort island of Capri, focused on soaring tensions in the Middle East and Russia's war in Ukraine.

The confrontations erupted as protesters attempted to reach the G7 meeting venue by marching towards ferries bound for Capri. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd, and several protesters were arrested. The protesters held up banners reading "Stop the Genocide" and chanted "Free Gaza" as they marched through the streets of Naples.

Italy, which holds the G7's rotating presidency, is pushing for a ceasefire in Gaza and a de-escalation of Middle East tensions. However, Israel looks very likely to retaliate against Iran's recent attacks despite Western calls for restraint. The G7 ministers condemned Iran's "unprecedented attack" on Israel and pledged support for Israel's security, warning of new sanctions against Iran.

The ministers also expressed concern about Chinese businesses transferring dual-use materials and weapons components to Russia, which they accused of fueling the Ukraine war. Discussions were held on using frozen Russian assets to finance Ukraine's war effort as its troops continue to repel the Russian invasion.

The G7 pledged to bolster Ukraine's air defenses and urged China to stop supporting Russia's military industry. They acknowledged the need to do more to help Ukraine and called for de-escalation in the Middle East, where the enmity between Israel and Iran risks triggering a wider regional conflict. The ministers said they would work to prevent conflict between Israel and Iran from spiraling out of control, while seeking to end the war in Gaza.

Why this matters:

Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani called for an "absolute de-escalation" after reports that Israel had carried out a strike on Iran, saying G7 counterparts would discuss it. The three-day meeting was largely overshadowed by the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. Pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrated solidarity with students in Italy and announced a protest at the Federico II University of Naples for April 24 as part of broader efforts to support the Palestinian people and call for an end to the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

Key Takeaways

  • Pro-Palestinian protesters clashed with police in Naples, Italy during G7 meeting.
  • G7 ministers condemned Iran's "unprecedented attack" on Israel and pledged support for Israel.
  • G7 discussed using frozen Russian assets to finance Ukraine's war effort against Russia.
  • G7 called for de-escalation in the Middle East and an end to the conflict in Gaza.
  • Protesters announced a solidarity protest at a university in Naples on April 24.