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(en) Britain, Alt. Media, G8 Reports - 2 July Saturday, July 02 2005 11:20 PM PDT

Date Sun, 03 Jul 2005 13:14:01 +0300

At least 200.000 demonstrators from very different backgrounds,
ranging from religous organisations to samba bands and the Infernal
Noise Brigade to the Clown Brigade, joined today's Make Poverty
History march in Edinburgh. The organisers had called for people to
wear white clothes. The march was set up with staggered starting
times, but because of the number of people, those who wanted to
start marching at 1pm were still waiting to leave an hour later.
Before the start of the official march, residents of Craigmillar,
the most deprived area of Edinburgh, joined with anti-G8
protestors camping on a park in their estate.

They marched through the estate to show their opposition to
poverty here and abroad.

An anti-capitalist block broke away from the main march
and was cordoned off by riot cops [1 | . People are being
released in small groups, others appear to be held and
photographed under a Section 60 order. There are two
possible arrests. [ timeline]

Black bloc* march in Edinburgh

solidarity | 02.07.2005 14:37 | G8 2005
Today, leaving the riotous sounds of the Infernal Noise
Brigade amid the leftist speeches and liberal catcalls of the
initial Make Poverty History meet-up at the Meadows, the
black bloc of the larger anti-capitalist bloc that had earlier left
Edinburgh Student's Union began a spontaneous march from
the Meadows.

Leaving the park from a Northern gate, the bloc, numbering
something in the region of 300 began to march towards the
University campus. Blocked off by police, and, failing to push
through police lines, the bloc retreated down a side alley and
began to advance up a parallel road.
This was to be repeated a number of times, with panicked
police retreating up roads only to be reinforced by a few
vanloads of police and secure the road. Throughout all this the
protestors maintained an incredible cohesion as a bloc, moving
steadily (perhaps at times too steadily) and with great
However, the cops finally outmaneavered us. As we advanced
down an alley, the police baton charged around the corner, and
drove us back into a more passive line forming behind us. Now
trapped, a number began to seek routes of escape, and a few -
perhaps, by now, many - legged it up an alley and out onto the
main road.

Reports are now coming in that the bloc has moved to Home
Park Square.
* The Black Block is a tactic usually done
by anarchists and people who joine them
for a confontational activity.

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