Sunday, May 22, 2011

French protest upcoming G-8 summit

Anti-G8 protest in Le Havre in northwestern France, May 21, 2011

Source: Press TV

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to streets in the northwestern French city of Le Havre to protest the upcoming G-8 summit of world leaders.

Less than 10 days before the summit of the group of eight industrialized countries, several thousands of people marched peacefully in the streets of Le Havre on Saturday, carrying banners which read "Put People First, Not Finance. G-8 Out!"

The march, which would be followed by speeches and a concert, was organized by associations, unions and left wing political parties, AP reported.

France is hosting the annual summit of the group of eight industrialized countries in Normandy's town of Deauville from May 26 to 27, 2011.

A total of 18 presidents, 25 heads of delegations, 2,500 members of delegations and 3,500 journalists will attend the event in Deauville.

More than 12,000 police officers, gendarmes, and military officers will be mobilized to protect the participants attending the summit.

The Group of Eight, which was established by France in 1975, comprises of Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, the US, Canada joined the group and Russia.

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