Dated: 03 Jul 2005
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There were so many demonstrators that some never even set off. Around 300,000 marched and others were still left in The Meadows when everything had finished.
"For Pity's Sake, Let Them Stay!" So ran one newspaper headline last month, in response to the hunger strike by scores of Zimbabwean asylum seekers in British detention centres.
Among the groups of refugees on Saturday’s march was Daniel, a refugee from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Tony Blair's public position is that no decision has been made on replacing Trident submarines with a new generation of nuclear weapons.
Last week the US House of Representatives voted through another $45 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. That brings the figure spent on US military operations to over $300 billion, a huge sum of money even for the world’s largest military and economic power.
This is the culminating session of the World Tribunal on Iraq. It is of particular significance that it is being held here in Turkey, where the US used Turkish air bases to launch numerous bombing missions to degrade Iraq’s defences before the March 2003 invasion and has sought and continues to seek political support from the Turkish government, which it regards as an ally.
As the G8 summit draws nearer, dramatic and distressing images of Africa are appearing everywhere. These show emaciated and drooping bodies of women and children, dilapidated villages and shanty towns, and barefooted jalabiya-wearing nomads roaming forlornly across the dusty fields of Africa.
By train, plane, bus and car protesters came to Edinburgh. Nadia Fisher travelled by coach from Southampton — a journey of ten hours.
Many protesters made a clear connection between global poverty and the war in Iraq — despite the frantic efforts of MPH’s leadership to separate the two issues.
Many African activists were on the Edinburgh protest. Ken is a student at Imperial College in London, but he grew up in Nigeria where he was involved in struggles against the military dictatorship.
The Make Poverty History campaign has struck a chord with young people, who turned out in large numbers for Saturday’s demonstration in Edinburgh.
Craigmillar is the fourth poorest estate in Britain. The council decided to put the G8 campsite there, which provides camping for 15,000 people.
Running into Leeds train station at 6.30am it became clear that this was going to be big. Reams of white cotton and a few hundred faces I didn’t recognise told me that.
One of the most significant factors in the march was its internationalism. African Drop the Debt campaigners protested alongside British Asians from Islamic Relief.
A huge white human chain snaked through the streets of Edinburgh for Saturday’s demonstration.
The Make Poverty History protest in Edinburgh on Saturday was the biggest demonstration in Scottish history — by a long way.
"We are not here to beg or plead or persuade but to show you, the small rich minority, that you do not represent the people of this planet. If you think you can save your reputations or your careers on the back of Make Poverty History then you are wrong. We are here to lay siege to you in Gleneagles."John Rees
I admire Bob Geldof but the fact that he has chosen to run this event with virtually no African artists is bewildering. Each artist has only got 15 minutes, so it’s not like anyone is going to be on stage for very long.
Depth of FieldOpen Eye Gallery, LiverpoolUntil 30 JulyPhone 0151 709 9460
It came as an insult when the Live8 organisers forgot to put any African artists in their line-up in London. Many of these artists regularly fill concert venues in Britain, France and have a huge following across the African continent.