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Impact of G8 Summits on Local Summit Sites

Michael Malleson, G8 Research Group
September 17, 2003

2003 Evian, France, June 1-3
2002 Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada, June 26-27
2001 Genoa, Italy July 20-22
2000 Okinawa, Japan, July 21-23
1999 Cologne, Germany, June 18-20

2003 Evian, France, June 1-3

Number of Protesters:

100,000 attended main demonstration (June 1)

Damage in U.S. Dollars:

No recorded tally.

Number of Injuries Reported:

Roughly 10 [1]

Number of Arrests:

No tally of arrests found in mainstream media
Activist website accuses police of making 200 short-term arrests [2]

Economic Impact on Summit Area:

“SFr50 million ($36 million USD) through disruptions and loss of trade” including a 50% reduction in hotel bookings. [3]

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2002 Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada, June 26-27

Number of Protesters:

2,000 – 3,000 [4]

Damage in U.S. Dollars:

“There were virtually no injuries, property damage or arrests” [5]

Number of Injuries Reported:

See above

Number of Arrests:

See above

Economic Impact on Summit Area:

“$243 million injected into local economy”
“$300-500 million spent on summit preparation” [6]

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2001 Genoa, Italy July 20-22

Number of Protesters:

Estimates vary from 100,000 to 250,000

Damage in U.S. Dollars:

$11 million (“estimated £7 million of damage”)

Number of Injuries Reported:

“More than 500” [7] (plus one death)

Number of Arrests:

“At least 56” [8]
“280 arrests” [9]

Economic Impact on Summit Area:

Federal government spending on site beautification pre-summit was $120 million [10]

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2000 Okinawa, Japan, July 21-23

Number of Protesters:

70,000

Damage in U.S. Dollars:

No recorded tally

Number of Injuries Reported:

No recorded tally

Number of Arrests:

No recorded tally

Economic Impact on Summit Area

No recorded tally

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1999 Cologne, Germany, June 18-20

Number of Protesters:

No recorded tally

Damage in U.S. Dollars:

No recorded tally

Number of Injuries Reported:

No recorded tally

Number of Arrests:

No recorded tally

Economic Impact on Summit Area:

No recorded tally

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Notes

1 “Swiss Cities Clean Up after Weekend of Anti-G8 Rampage,” AFP, June 2, 2003.
2Demonstrators Penned/Mass Arrests in Lausanne,” Indymedia, June 1, 2003.
3Local Economic Impact of 2003 G8 Summit,” Gabrielle Goldwater’s Reports.
4Building Democratic Partnerships: The G8-Civil Society Link,” John Kirton, University of Toronto, EnviReform Conference, November 8, 2002.
5Kananaskis's Contribution to Civil Society,” John Kirton, Lecture 24, G8 Online 2002.
6Guess Who Is Coming to Kananaskis? Civil Society and the G8 in Canada's Year As Host,” John Kirton, International Journal 57, No. 1 (Winter 2001-2): 101-122.
7 “Summit Tackles Poor, Passes on Warming,” Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press, July 22, 2001.
8 “Protesters Vow More Demonstrations in Genoa,” VOA News, July 21, 2001.
9Personal Assessment of the Role of Civil Society at the 2001 Genoa G8 Summit,” Peter I. Hajnal, G8 Research Group, August 2, 2001.
10 “Summit Tackles Poor, Passes on Warming,” Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press, July 22, 2001

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