The G20, a summit for the leaders of the 20 most economically ‘developed’ states, is meeting in London on April 2nd. The UK government has recently announced that it’ll be happening at the ExCEL centre, East London, where for the past seven years the DSEi arms fair has been hosted.
The G20 will be the first major summit of world leaders since the world economy really started to spin off it’s access. A range of different groups and organisations are plotting against it; with many announcing days of which they will be marching, camping or picketing.
The beheading of capitalism?
Trade Unions and NGOs are calling for a large demonstration on the Saturday before the G20 meets. They will be marching under the banner of, ‘Put people first‘, and are calling for people to march through London for jobs, justice and climate on Saturday 28 March.
Climate Camp will be visiting the City on April 1st: April Fools Day, apparently because nature doesn’t do bailouts. The aim of the protest is to stop the carbon markets. As they explain:
“By creating a brain-bending system of carbon pollution licenses, fossil fuel companies and trading firms have found a way to keep on churning out global warming gases and to reap huge windfall profits at the same time. Meanwhile, the UK government is justifying a third runway at Heathrow and a coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth by saying that these new “carbon trading” schemes will magically make all their emissions vanish.”
They’re calling on people to join another camp, but this time in the Square Mile. Gather at noon, April 1st, at the European Climate Exchange, Hasilwood House, 62 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AW. “Bring a pop-up tent if you’ve got one, sleeping bag, wind turbine, mobile cinema, action plans and ideas…let’s imagine another world.”
The Stop the War coalition have also called a demonstration on April 1st to coincide with Barack Obama visiting the UK parliament. At the moment details seem to be slightly vague though.
Back to E16
On Wednesday, April 2nd the actual summit will be happening at the Excel centre, East London (E16). According to online sources a demonstration has been called by a number of socialist groups though none of them appear to be publicising them on their websites. It seems unlikely though the day will pass without large mobilisations in Newham.
For those interested in mobilisation against the G20 there is an infoshare/planning meeting at the Kebele social centre, Bristol on Saturday 14th February at 2pm and 4pm. This is to share information discussed at previous London meetings.
The next national meeting for the mobilization will be at The Foundry, London EC1 (Old Street Tube/Roundabout) at 3pm on both Saturday 21th and Sunday 22th February.