Police have pledged a robust response to any violent protests as the leaders of the Group of Eight rich states prepare to meet at Gleneagles in Scotland.
Campaigners say their protests are at the G8’s inadequate response to ending African poverty. “We’d like to disrupt the summit as much as possible,” said one protestor, “to show that it is not correct for eight men to decide the destiny of eight billion people.” Police are gearing up for the start of the summit and the possible repeat of the clashes on Monday with anti-capitalist demonstrators in Edinburgh. British Prime Minister, Tony Blair is this year’s president of the G8 and he has put helping Africa and tackling climate change at the top of the agenda for the summit. Environmentalists have voiced concerns that any agreement on climate change could be very weak due to major differences between the United States and other G8 nations over the severity of global warming and how much humans are to blame. As for Africa, a coalition of charities working under the banner Make Poverty History has put pressure on the G8 leaders for a doubling of aid to the continent. Live 8 organiser Bob Geldof has said that if the G8 summit fails to adequately tackle African poverty he would ensure the leaders would fail when they next stand for election.