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Gleneagles G8 summit is a chance to protest against Bush

Issue No. 1950

From 6-8 July the leaders of the world’s most powerful countries, including George Bush, will gather at Gleneagles, Scotland, for the G8 summit.

They will be “welcomed” by a week of events, starting with the Make Poverty History demonstration on 2 July.

Willie Black, a senior steward in the Amicus union, is one of the leading figures in G8 Alternatives, which is helping to coordinate the protests.

He told Socialist Worker, “In Scotland people are starting to wake up to the fact that Bush and Blair are coming to town.

“Bush is the symbol of everything wrong with the world we live in.

“He has been invited back to Britain even though we made it clear during his last visit that he was not welcome here.”

During Bush’s state visit in November 2003 the Stop the War Coalition organised the biggest weekday protest this country has ever seen.

“Everyone who can possibly get to Scotland this July should join our protests against the G8,” says Willie. “The world’s media will be focused on Scotland during the summit. We can send a powerful message to the people in Iraq.

“Bush and Blair stand for the imposition of neo-liberalism across the globe. We can send a message to all those fighting back—from those who have risen up against water privatisation in Ghana to those reconnecting electicity supplies in Soweto for the poor who cannot afford to pay.

“We have to make sure images of a mass movement, gathered in peaceful protest, ricochet around the world.

“We in Scotland are working hard to make these six days of protest really effective—so that the leaders of the world’s biggest capitalist countries know that they won’t be able to hold their meetings in the great cities of the world.”

Marie, a nursery nurse who was involved in the 14 week strike over low pay last year says, “I’ll be there, doing my bit in the campaign against poverty.

“I’m delighted that thousands of people will be joining me on the streets to demonstrate.

“Everyone who can get here should. In fact anyone with a conscience at all should do all they can to get here. I will be making my voice loud and clear — it’s time to make poverty history.”

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Thu 5 May 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1950
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