A demonstration in Munich yesterday opened the protests and claims before the G-7 summit, which under the presidency of Germany starts today at the Elmau palace, an hour and a half from the Bavarian capital. Between 3,500 and 4,000 protesters, according to the police, gathered for an event that passed without incident. The forecast of the organizers was that they would be 20,000 people. The march, called by a fortnight of NGOs, including the anti-globalization Attac and the environmentalist WWF, called for the gradual elimination of fossil fuels, the preservation of animal and plant diversity, social justice on the planet and intensifying the fight against hunger. Today another march is planned in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, twenty kilometers from Elmau, under the slogan Stop G-7. A police device of 18,000 agents is in charge of guaranteeing security at the summit venue and its surroundings.