Anger is an energy

From Charlie Clover, for Pressureworks
I'm choked, angry, tears welling up. The atmosphere is overwhelming. There are thousands of kids and teens here, the next generation taking the vibe on board - wiring their heads to altruism, not greed.

Speakers like Noreena Hertz and Daleep Murkaji remind us that this is a start, a statement, not a victory. Musicians, comedians and celebrities are r8_story einforcing the fact that it's our duty to make politicians listen. People from all over the world are joining together.

This is a momentous, powerful day in history, and in my life.

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Stop press: Edinburgh encircled!

From Johanna Jones for Pressureworks
At 1:25pm the first marchers returned to The Meadows. The city is circled. The white band has been made. There is huge jubilation amongst the thousands still patiently waiting to set out on the circular march!Whitebandpeople

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African opinion

By Jerry Cripps, for Pressureworks

As Texas took the stage - and played a fantastic set - I found myself chatting to Brian from Zimbabwe. Like tens of thousands of others, he is being denied the opportunity to help his homeland in a time of great need, something he finds infuriating. He told me this:Brian

'What's happening in Zimabwe is a global disgrace, and what's even more disgraceful is the lack of action on the part of the G8 superpowers.

'If there was oil in Zimbabwe, the soldiers would be there now. But where I do agree with the USA is on corruption. National governance and corruption have to become a priority if Africa, and Zimbabwe in particular, are not going to continue to be dominated by dictators.'

Which is one reason of the reasons why we're all here today.

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Send in the clowns

From Jerry Cripps in Edinburgh, for Pressureworks. I just ran into the clowns. Not just any clowns either. The one I spoke to, pictured above, is called Robin Hood. This is what he and his cohort are up to.

"We are the Laboratory Rat Division of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army.

"We are deploying our forces of rebel clowns toClown  protect the marchers and the movement from dangerous capitalists. We have information that Blair and his fellow G8 members will be in our midst and may attempt to hijack the demonstration in order to try and get re-elected and to reinforce the policies that cause poverty, war and pollution.

"We are armed with feather dusters, compassion, love and large shoes"

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This is it...

So it's finally happening. After all the talk and the planning and shouting, the G8 rally in Edinburgh 

is finally on. The journey up was fairly uneventful, apart from a delay due to a fatality on the tracks at Stevenage– not the best auspice. A fair number of protestors were in evidence, to the muted alarm of the suited business travellers, who huddled together at the sight of people not wearing ‘the uniform', carrying banners, relaxing, having fun.

Got chatting to Steve Huxton from the World Development Movement on the train. (That's him looking artistically blurred in the picture.) He was pretty sanguine about the rally.

‘There are a lot of regular, committed, peaceful campaigners coming to this one,' he said, ‘and there won't be any trouble. We know what we're doing. There might be trouble later in the week if people do come up for actual summit, at Gleneagles, but I predict that this one will trouble free, and actually a really great day, I'm looking forward to it.' After reflecting a moment, he did add

‘What I do worry about, though, with this whole campaign, is that too many people will be sitting in Starbucks and McDonalds saying ‘Isn't this great, we're making poverty history' without actually realising  what's involved. The real message goes a lot deeper than just slogans and we have to start getting that across. This is just the start really.'

Any predictions on how many will turn up?

Anything over 100,000 will be a result. They - the G8 leaders, the media - won't be able to ignore that many people.'

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