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Thousands join London G-20 protest

Posted by on Mar. 30, 2009 at 8:54 AM
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 That's a lot of people, I hope it stays peaceful, but i saw a couple "incidents" on tv...

Thousands join London G-20 protest

  • Story Highlights
  • 20,000 people expected at Put People First march ahead of G-20 summit
  • Police say protest expected to be peaceful
  • Authorities have warned of unprecedented demonstrations in week ahead

 

LONDON, England (CNN) -- Thousands of people have converged in the center of London for the first major protest ahead of next week's G-20 summit.

Up to 20,000 people are expected to join Saturday's protests in London.

Up to 20,000 people are expected to join Saturday's protests in London.

Despite fears of violence in coming days that have prompted a major security operation in the British capital, Saturday's demonstration has so far been peaceful.

As many as 20,000 people were expected at the Put People First march, organized by trade unions but backed by some 120 other groups including environmentalists, church groups, and political campaigners.

Authorities are bracing for possible violence as anti-capitalist and environmental protesters to converge on the Bank of England next Wednesday -- April 1 -- for a "mass street party" dubbed "Financial Fools Day."

Protesters gathering on Saturday were calling for jobs, fair distribution of wealth, and a low-carbon future.

They carried banners and posters reading "Climate Emergency," "Gaza: End the Blockade," "Planet Before Profit," "We Won't Pay for Their Crisis," and "Jobs not Bombs."

Some groups turned out to march in bright-colored rain ponchos or hard hats.

 

The day began with a church service in central London. The Salvation Army, which helped organize the service, said it was a "perfect opportunity to ask the G-20 to consider the world's most vulnerable people."

Those at the service sang "We are blessed to bless a world in pieces." They asked for freedom from debt and justice to profit, the Salvation Army said.

After gathering along the Thames River and marching along its banks, marchers moved past Trafalgar Square to Hyde Park for a mass rally in the afternoon. Speakers at the rally include trade union bosses, environmentalists, and global justice campaigners, along with musicians and a comedian, according to march organizers.

The G-20 summit next Thursday brings together leaders and financial chiefs from the top 20 industrialized and emerging economies, along with leaders from non-G-20 nations.

Hundreds of other officials will also be there, including the heads of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

 http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/03/28/g20.protests.saturday/index.html

 

 

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by Bronze Member on Mar. 30, 2009 at 7:06 PM

    I just want to know WHY Obama "needs" an entourage of OVER 500 people to go with him?? Also who is paying for all these people? As if I didn't know. What happened to setting a fiscal example of responsibility??? Guess that was another lie.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financetopics/g20-summit/5077843/G20-summit-Barack-Obamas-UK-visit-planned-in-minute-detail.html

G20 summit: Barack Obama's UK visit planned in minute detail

US President Barack Obama's first official visit to the UK will not be short on style.

 

By Caroline Gammell
Last Updated: 6:47PM BST 30 Mar 2009

Barack Obama:  'Every decision we're making counts'
During his visit, Mr Obama will be protected by his round-the-clock secret service team Photo: REUTERS

The preparation for the trip has been meticulous with more than six weeks of planning.

White House officials visited Europe on least three occasions in the run up to the G20 summit to make sure everything runs like clockwork.

 

An estimated 500 people will make up Mr Obama's entourage, including 200 secret service agents, as well as policy makers and support staff.

He will fly to Britain tomorrow on Air Force One, flanked by cargo planes which will hold all the transportation he needs while in Europe.

An estimated 35 vehicles will be brought to the UK for the presidential visit.

A US Air Force C-17 transporter will bring Mr Obama's armour-plated limousine, nick-named The Beast, which is strong enough to withstand a chemical attack.

It will also carry Marine One, the VH-3D helicopter which will transfer Mr Obama from Stansted airport to the centre of London, to the US Ambassador's residence near Regent's Park.

Marine One never flies alone for security reasons and is just one among a number of decoy helicopters, designed to confuse potential terrorists.

During his visit, Mr Obama will be protected by his round-the-clock secret service team, who ensure that the area around the President is "sterile" with only those approved in advance allowed to approach. Permanently by his side will be Reggie Love, his personal aide, who exercises with the president and keeps a permanent supply of his favourite food and drinks to hand.

Mr Obama's wife Michelle will have her own bodyguards, who will form part of her eight-strong support team, which includes a secretary and press officer.

While on his five day trip, Mr Obama will have a team of chefs on hand to cook anything he desires, at any time.

If he falls ill, or is subject to any form of injury, he will be able to call on his medical team of six who are permanently on call to deal with any scenario.

For their inaugural trip, Mr and Mrs Obama have been granted a half hour private audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

They will then go on to a reception for all the G20 leaders, which will also be attended by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

 

   Those who can't get behind our troops should feel free to stand in front of them!!!!!

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