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Edinburgh says ‘We’ll welcome you’ to G8 protestors

by Kelly Hilditch
Issue No. 1955

Edinbugh against war in 2003

Edinbugh against war in 2003

As Scotland gears up for the G8 summit there has been a huge build up in momentum for the protests in Edinburgh and Gleneagles.

Dave Moxham, the assistant secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress said, “The Scottish Trades Union Congress will be supporting Make Poverty History and G8 Alternatives demonstrations surrounding the G8 summit at Gleneagles.

“Trade unionists from Scotland and throughout the UK will join tens of thousands of Make Poverty History activists in Edinburgh to demand trade justice, debt cancellation, and more and better aid for the world’s poorest countries.”

Local residents have also been getting involved in the preparations. John Wight lives in Edinburgh and is involved in G8 Alternatives. He said, “I want as many people as possible to come and take part in the protests around the G8.

“Geldof’s call for a million on the streets of Edinburgh has lit a fire under the whole thing. We need to get people here—but not just for the Make Poverty History rally on the Saturday. There will be a week of events — protests and discussions and cultural events. This is a brilliant opportunity to learn about the political, social and environmental results of the actions taken by the G8.

“The idea that these eight men will come to Scotland and deal with the problem of poverty in between champagne receptions is ludicrous. That is why it is so important for people to be there on Wednesday 6 July. To make them hear our demands.

“People should come for the whole week if they can. It’s going to be an amazing event.”

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