Julia Bach's beef has nothing to do with US President George W. Bush or any of the other heads of state and government who will be meeting from June 6-8 in Heiligendamm. In the 31 year old's mind, they're all the same.
For Bach, fundamental issues are at stake. As a Christian, she wants to make her position be heard: "Capitalism is anti-Christian," the religion studies student from Heidelberg says. "What room does this system have for solidarity among people?"
Since last week, she's been staying at a camp for G-8 opponents set up in the town of Reddelich, about 9 kilometers away from the site where the summit is to be held. Bach says she made the decision to travel to Heiligendamm more than a year ago. At first she planned to go alone, but then she decided to travel with friends from a Christian network. Her maxim comes straight out of the Bible: "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."
If you use this Bible passage as the measurement, Bach believes, then representatives of the G-8 aren't doing a very good job. "The G-8 makes decisions that affect the entire planet -- but they mostly help themselves with those decisions. What right do they have to do that? The G-8 has no democratic legitimacy."
Bach has a long history of attending protests. She's attended demonstrations against the transport of nuclear waste from German atomic power plants and she has protested at border camps to demonstrate against Germany's immigration policies. She has also taken to the streets in some cities to battle against right-wing extremism. She says, however, that she hopes there won't be an escalation or violence at Heiligendamm. "I don't believe in violence," she says.