Some 200,000 people have marched through Edinburgh in a bid to make poverty history. Men, women and children from all corners of Europe flocked to the Scottish capital to demand that the heads of the world’s richest nations end the triple scourge of debt, disease and poverty. Next week’s summit will take place at a luxury hotel northwest of the historic city, where activists today hold their own alternative G8 gathering. Speaking in Edinburgh after the march, Britain’s finance minister issued a rallying call to all those who have taken part in the anti-poverty campaign. Let this be the generation of which it is said: ‘we had the vision, we had the courage, we had the moral strength to do the right thing,’” Gordon Brown told a Christian Aid rally. Let us have the moral strength to make poverty history.” He pledged to work for more debt relief, aid and trade reform for poor nations.
Edinburgh anti-poverty march draws 200,000 onto streets