Its now over a year
since a small number of us came together to discuss how we would meet the
challenge of having the G8 arriving in Scotland. From small beginnings
came G8 Alternatives that united a spectrum of people to challenge the
rulers of world including peace campaigners, trades unionists,
environmentalists, socialists, feminists, human rights activists, clowns,
autonomists, anti war activists, anti-racists, people from different
communities, NGOs, and those who prefer not to give themselves a label.
As the whole world was watching we showed that we will fight to make poverty
and war history and that we would not stand aside as the rulers of the world
descended in our midst.
supporters turned up in their 1000s on the Make Poverty History
demonstration - the biggest march in Scotland's history.
Together we pulled
off the biggest political conference ever held in Scotland; 5000 tickets
were sold for the G8A summit. Around 80 organisations held workshops and
1000s of people came to listen to key debates on aid, trade and debt, war
and imperialism, climate change and so on. An impressive range of speakers
representing a a number of international and local campaigning organisations
discussed alternatives to the pro-war, neo-liberal agenda of the G8. That
day our movement went into ideological battle with the G8 and we showed that
there are alternatives and that another world is possible. Musicians,
actors and poets provided a creativity that echoed around the Festival
theatre and Usher and Queens Hall. Thanks to everyone who made
sure that the G8A summit was so successful.
On Wednesday 6th
July we marched at Gleneagles. Not since Genoa 2001 has our movement been
able to march so close to a G8 summit. We were within 500 metres of the
warmongers and some even got nearer when they ran across the field to topple
the fence! The police did everything to try and stop that march. At 9am
they had cancelled it and police officers were on our coaches telling
everyone that G8A had cancelled the march. The police said that we could
march with the couple of thousand who were already rallying the park and the
G8 negotiators said: 'We march together or not at all at Gleneagles.'
Everyone on the coaches were determined to get to Gleneagles which forced
the police to back down and over 12,000 of you came. A cacaphony of
noise combining African sound and the bagpipes led the march off. Rose
Gentle and Haidi Giuliani were determined to the fence and did. Thanks
to everyone who was determined to get to Gleneagles - you made it happen.
Thanks also to the stewards who did an excellent job and to the Clandestine
Insurgent Rebel Clown Army who managed to dispel tension in the most amazing
G8 the bombings in London happened. This atrocity was a result of an
aggressive foreign policy that took Britain to war with Iraq; that has
killed over 100,000 Iraqis; that has tortured innocent people in Guantanomo
and Abu Graib; that destroys all hope and creates only misery and despair.
Many of us have attended the vigils to express our sympathy with the
families that have lost loved ones but also to lay the blame where it really
lies - at the door of Number 10. We will stand shoulder to shoulder with
our Muslim brothers and sisters and stop any backlash and racist attacks.
We will refuse to let our civil liberties be taken from us in this so-called
'war against terror'. We will re-double our efforts to bring the troops
Our movement is
stronger as a result of all of the events - not just those organised by G8A
- that happened in the week the G8 met in Scotland. Many of us are
determined to continue to work together and expand our numbers to make a
better world - fantastic!
Socialist Unity ~ For Internationalism ~ For Peace ~ For Justice ~ For Unity ~