It's business as usual for the G8, who despite the rhetoric will at the end of this week produce a document that will do nothing effective to alleviate poverty or halt climate change.
As we near the end of a week of protests activists spoke to Socialist Worker about the G8. Ghanaian campaigner Mani Tanoh said, “People around the world are not fooled by the empty words from the G8.
“We must continue to resist. The G8 will deliver little because it is in their interest to keep things the way they are.
“Any aid they give is tied to privatisation of vital services like water and the opening up of markets.
“We will not beg for aid from the G8. Instead we demand justice.”
Salma Yaqoob, who stood as a Respect candidate in the general election, said, “Let’s not forget that these leaders did not hesitate to bomb poor countries like Afghanistan and Iraq in order to establish military bases, seize their resources, open up their markets and increase privatisation.
“These are the same leaders who use the monetary weapons of the IMF, WTO and World Bank in poor countries for the same reasons, with the same devastating consequences.
“The real glimmer of hope is that the scale of mobilisations is helping to unmask the brutal and undemocratic nature of the G8. Our challenge in Respect is to help support and make the connections between the apparently disparate struggles against injustice while bringing these vital issues into the electoral arena.”
As 300,000 people marched through Edinburgh on Saturday of last week the eyes of the world focused on the Live8 concerts.
Dave Randall, guitarist with Faithless, played at the Berlin Live8. He said, “The contradictions of the Live8 event were evident in Berlin.
“Celebrity obsessed film crews jostled to conduct interviews in front of Nokia adverts while powerful literature about poverty and the G8 went largely ignored.
“We decided to play three of our angriest and most political songs, which the crowd of 200,000 responded to brilliantly.
“However, politics far too often felt like an unwelcome guest at a smug nostalgia fest. Our movement is young, angry and political. Live8 wasn’t.”