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Alternative to G8 summit takes shape

Issue No. 1952

The “counter summit” being organised as part of the protests against the G8 in July is shaping up to be one of the most exciting political events of the year.

It will take place in Edinburgh on Sunday 3 July — the day after the huge Make Poverty History demo, which hundreds of thousands are expected to attend.

Iain Ferguson, a member of the G8 Alternatives working group organising the counter summit, said the group had been deluged with proposals for workshops in addition to the eight main plenary sessions.

“We will have 30 to 40 workshops, which will also be big events for between 200 and 500 people each.

“There are very diverse proposals coming in from almost every part of the world. We have everything from education in Palestine to alternatives to capitalism.

“Amnesty International is proposing a workshop on civil liberties, while ActionAid wants to do one on HIV/Aids.

“A group including the Colombia Solidarity Campaign wants a meeting on ‘the campaign to stop killer Coke’.”

lTo book tickets for the counter summit (£10 waged, £5 unwaged), go to

Saturday 2 July
Make Poverty History demo, Edinburgh

Sunday 3 July
G8 Alternatives counter summit, Edinburgh

Monday 4 July
CND blockade of Faslane nuclear submarine base

Tuesday 5 July
Protest at asylum seekers prison, Dungavel

Wednesday 6 July
Another World is Possible protest at the G8 summit, Gleneagles

Globalise Resistance train

Leaving London Friday 1 July and returning Thursday 7 July. Tickets £55/£45. Phone

020 7053 2071

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Sat 21 May 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1952
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