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‘We’re not asking for help. We are telling them to get out of the way’

Issue No. 2054

Police attack a demonstrator (Pic:

Police attack a demonstrator (Pic: » Guy Smallman)

There were trade union contingents on the protests against the G8 in Rostock last weekend.

Sarah and Klaus were among the demonstrators on Saturday’s protest.

Both work for Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, north Germany, they came with a 200-strong delegation from the IG Metall union from the area.

They said, “This is not the first protest we have attended. We go to every demo we possibly can get to.”

Sarah said, “I am here to remind the politicians we are still here. Our opinion is easily overlooked.

“Sometimes you feel that no one listens to you and we just wanted to make sure the trade unions had a voice on this demo.”

Klaus said, “I am really pleased with the contingent from Wolfsburg and the demo is very mixed, young and lively. I’m very happy to be here.”

Geoff Brown, the secretary of Manchester trades council, said, “The big unions, Verdi and IG Metall were very visible.

“The whole event was very political.”

The author and activist Walden Bello made an excellent speech at the final rally.

He said, “This protest is more in the spirit of Genoa than Gleneagles. We are not asking the G8 to help. We are telling them to get out of the way.”

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