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G20 protest part 2 London @ Bank 2009 1st april

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Published on Apr 2, 2009

"jobs, justice and climate", organised by an unprecedented alliance of more than 150 unions, environment, charity, faith and development groups.

Demonstrators held banners and flags in a good natured and boisterous protest near the ExCel Centre where leaders from top industrialised and emerging economies were meeting to agree on a response to the world's worst financial crisis since the 1930s.
Protesters chanted against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, conflict in Ethiopia and the perceived greed blamed by many for the economic crisis.
"Abolish all nukes, yes we can," said one banner. "We won't pay for their crisis," read another.
Security for the gathering of world leaders, who included U.S. President Barack Obama, was intense. Many roads near the conference centre were closed and police launches patrolled nearby waterways. Demonstrators held banners and flags in a good natured and boisterous protest near the ExCel Centre where leaders from top industrialised and emerging economies were meeting to agree on a response to the world's worst financial crisis since the 1930s.
Protesters chanted against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, conflict in Ethiopia and the perceived greed blamed by many for the economic crisis.
"Abolish all nukes, yes we can," said one banner. "We won't pay for their crisis," read another.
Security for the gathering of world leaders, who included U.S. President Barack Obama, was intense. Many roads near the conference centre were closed and police launches patrolled nearby waterways.

police briefings have given the impression that demonstrations will be mounted by anarchists intent on causing trouble.


The broad coalition of protestors also includes: G20 Meltdown, which is calling for G20 ministers to admit that their global dominance is the problem, not the solution to the current economic, ecological and political problems:People and Planet, a student network campaigning on world poverty, human rights and the environment, is encouraging members to protest against the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on April 1, which could include actions in London. The group is also targeting RBS's annual general meeting in Edinburgh on April 3: Rising Tide, a network of groups and individuals taking local action on climate change. Activists have dubbed April 1 "Fossil Fools Day", and are planning secret protests at fossil fuel targets around the country: Stop The War Coalition and CND, anti-war groups which have organised major protests against military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan are organising a rally at the US embassy in London on April 1, as well as a protest at the summit on April 2 at 11am, calling for troops to be withdrawn from the two countries: Youth Fight for Jobs, a campaign highlighting the lack of jobs for young people. A March for Jobs, in the tradition of the Jarrow Marchers, will be held on April 2, passing through some of the poorest boroughs in London.

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