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G8 Diary

Issue No. 1958

cartoon by Tim Sanders

cartoon by Tim Sanders

Friday 1 July

  • G8 Alternatives opening rally
    5.30pm, Queens Hall, Edinburgh University. Speakers include Dennis Brutus, Haidi Giuliani, Bill Speirs, Mark Ruskell, Trevor Ngwane, Eamonn McCann.
  • International Socialist Tendency meeting
    7.30pm, Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh EH9. Speakers include Petros Constantinou from Greece’s SEK, Chris Bambery from Socialist Worker, and a speaker from Spain’s En Lucha.

Saturday 2 July

  • Make Poverty History demo
    Assemble 11am, The Meadows
  • Fight Poverty Not War rally
    4.30pm, East Meadows. Speakers include George Galloway, Scott Ritter, Rose Gentle, George Monbiot, Fausto Bertinotti, Lindsey German, Walden Bello, Caroline Lucas, Bruce Kent, Nitin Sawhney.

Sunday 3 July

  • G8 Alternatives summit
    Usher Hall and Queens Hall, Edinburgh University. Speakers include Moazzam Begg, Bob Crow, Mark Curtis, Susan George, Kate Hudson, Rosie Kane, George Monbiot, Dita Sari, Ken Wiwa
  • Another Europe is Possible
    2.30pm, Adam House, Chambers Street. Meeting of the European radical left. Speakers from Respect, Portugal’s Left Bloc, Italy’s Rifondazione Comunista, the Scottish Socialist Party and France’s Ligue Communiste Révolutionnaire.
  • Naming the Dead ceremony
    Assemble at 6pm on the corner of Princes Street and The Mound to march through Edinburgh to Calton Hill for the ceremony.

Monday 4 July

  • Military Families Against the War meeting
    5.30pm, St Augustine’s Church. Speakers include Rose Gentle and Judy Linehan of Military Families Speak Out.
  • Faslane blockade
    Assemble from 7am onwards to blockade the Faslane nuclear base. Go to

Tuesday 5 July

  • Close Dungavel demonstration
    11am, Dungavel immigration removal centre. Buses run from Glasgow’s George Square and Edinburgh’s Waterloo Place.

Wednesday 6 July

  • Gleneagles G8 protest
    Assemble 12 noon at Gleneagles train station to march on the G8 summit. Buses leave at 10am from Edinburgh’s Waterloo Place and Glasgow’s George Square.

Transport to Scotland

Globalise Resistance is running a train from London. Single and return tickets available. Train leaves London at 10.30am on Friday returns on Thursday. Call 020 7053 2071 for tickets.


Edinburgh Council is providing a campsite for up to 15,000 people. Register by going to

Music and theatre events

There are many cultural events to keep you entertained in the evenings during the week of protests against the G8.

Highlights include Black Sun Over Genoa, a dramatisation of the Genoa protests against the G8 on at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre.

The Roxy Art House hosts two political plays, Wanted Dead Or Alive and Leminova Kuca, as well as a range of live music. There is a generous discount if you see a play and a band in the same evening.

Live music highlights include events showcasing Edinburgh’s folk scene as well as a world music concert featuring Candido Fabre, Zuba and Orkestra del Sol at Usher Hall in Edinburgh University on Friday 1 July.

If you fancy something a bit more noisy, the NO2ID campaign against ID cards is hosting a music night featuring Thee Comrades and Staccato Set at the Bongo Club.

For a full list of what’s on go to

Download a PDF map of events in Edinburgh [32kb]

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Sat 2 Jul 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1958
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