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Protesters march on L'Aquila as G8 ends

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Protesters march on L'Aquila as G8 ends

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Protesters have been keeping up the pressure on the G8, marching on the summit venue in their thousands.

Trade unions and anti-globalisation activists hit the road alongside local people still suffering after April’s earthquake. The rally taps into frustrations over the slow progress of reconstruction following the quake that killed nearly 300 people and left tens of thousands homeless. “We want to go to L’Aquila, making a peaceful and communicative demonstration, side by side with the local population,” said one protester. Another added: “I am from South Tyrol and I am here to contest against the arrogance… globalization…G8 states who don’t respect the small developing countries.” Tight security surrounded the protest amid fears things could get out of hand. During the last G8 summit organised by Italy in 2001, clashes left one demonstrator dead.