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6 -9 J U L Y 2005 G 8 S U M M I T
The G8 July 2005 will see the eight of the most industrialised states
(Canada, France, Germany, Italy,Japan, the UK, the US and the Russian
Federation) meet at Gleneagles in Scotland. The G8 has no formal basis in
international law, it?s a private members club where the mostpowerful
nations decide how to protect their economic domination of the world.
Six of the G8 have nuclear weapons on their soil; the other two nations are
tied in to military treaties with them and others.
Military policies followed by the G8 work hand in hand to reinforce the
economic domination they aim to extend over the world.
Mobilisation Around the G8
Lots of different groups are mobilising to protest at the G8 in Scotland in
Events to coincide with the G8 summit are being planned for the week from
Saturday 2nd July to Saturday 9th.
Things to remember when planning to come:
Travelling as a group to Scotland using public transport will be cheaper
than trying to hire buses. Make plans early and book early to get lower
prices and ask for group discounts.
Remember Scotland has reliable and frequent public transport links between
Glasgow and Stirling. (The distance between these three cities is less than
the distance from London to Brighton. Both Glasgow and Edinburgh also have
direct flight international airports.)
Come as self-reliant as possible so you can be as flexible as possible
Treat it as a holiday! You will meet hundreds of people from around the
world, enjoy the famous Scottish hospitality and see some of the most
beautiful scenery the UK has to offer.
NETWORKS & ORGANISATIONS INVOLVED:
The Dissent! Network was formed to co-ordinate radical resistance to
the Summit in the autumn of 2003 by a group of people who have
previously been involved in radical ecological direct action, Peoples?
Global Action, the anti-war movement and the global anti-capitalist
The G8 Alternatives is a coalition that includes organisations and
individuals from a broad range of social movements that are coming
together to plan for and organise massive peaceful protests and a counter-
WHAT'S ON... SO FAR....
Saturday 2nd July
EDINBURGH The Meadows Make Poverty History March & Rally
Organized by Make Poverty History
<http://www.makepovertyhistory.org>www.makepovertyhistory.org calling for
?Bread Not Bombs?.
The ?Make Poverty History? coalition brings ogether a wide cross section of
over 200 charities, campaigns, trade unions, faith groups and celebrities
who are united by a common belief that 2005 offers an unprecedented
opportunity for global change.
Sunday 3rd July
Alternative Summit AT The Usher Hall EDINBURGH G8 Alternatives
Monday 4th July
Mass sit-down blockade of the Faslane Trident submarine base against the
UK?s most important nuclear weapons site at, only 60 miles (100 km) from
Gleneagles. Nonviolently shut down the port where all of Britain?s nuclear
weapons are based with thousands of other protestors organized by TRIDENT
PLOUGHSHARES & CND
Faslane G8 Blockade <http://www.faslaneg8.com/>www.faslaneg8.com ;
<mailto:info at faslaneg8.com>info at faslaneg8.com 0845 45 88 361
<mailto:info at tridentploughshares.org>info at tridentploughshares.org 0845 45
Scottish CND <http://www.banthebomb.org>www.banthebomb.org 0141 423 1222
<mailto:enquiries at cnduk.org>enquiries at cnduk.org 0207 700 2393
Getting To Faslane
We'll organise low-priced buses from Glasgow, Edinburgh and other Scottish
towns & cities to Faslane on Monday morning.Accommodation for the blockade
is already organised in Glasgow for Saturday, to Monday nights. People
coming to Edinburgh for Saturday can then either make their way to Glasgow
over the weekend or stay in Edinburgh and get one of the coaches to Faslane
Blockade briefing-meetings will be held on Sunday evening (3rd July) in
Glasgow and at the Alternative Summit in Edinburgh.
If we get enough people no-one will get arrested! If people do get
arrested, we've a lot of experience of doing this kind of action here and a
good relationship with the local police. Many people, from many
backgrounds, have been arrested at Faslane and have found it a good
experience. Long-term personal repercussions are rare. NB: Scots Law is
different from English law.
Tuesday 5th July
Dungavel protest DUNGAVEL Asylum Seeker Detention Centre
Wednesday 6th July
Start of G8 Summit
G8 Alternatives March & Rally www.g8alternatives.org.uk
Dissent blockades www.dissent.org
6th July ? 9th July
Convergence centre/campsite Details to be confirmed