Two hundred thousand people gather in Edinburgh demanding progress to be made by the G8 leaders in the areas of trade, debt and aid.
The Group of Eight (G8) comprised of eight of the world's leading industrialised nations, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States of America and the United Kingdom along with Canada and Russia. The group come together every year with the aim of finding solutions to world problems.
From 6–8 July the 31st G8 summit of world leaders is taking place at Gleneagles near Edinburgh. To coincide with this summit, a day of Live 8 concerts promoting the Make Poverty History campaign are taking place across the world to highlight the problem of global poverty.
While not part of the Live 8 line-up, 200,000 people gather in Edinburgh for their own Make Poverty History rally urging the G8 to act on debt, trade, climate change and Africa. Organisers say the massive number of protesters taking to the streets of Edinburgh exceeds their expectations.
In a festival atmosphere, campaigners, men women and children joined forces to urge their leaders act to end world poverty. Many Irish campaigners travelled to Edinburgh to show solidarity with the world's poorest people. Trócaire campaigns officer Lara Kelly is delighted to be in Edinburgh and Colin Roche of Oxfam Ireland says,
We need action for more and better aid, trade and justice aid and cancel the third world debt.
Ivy Maina of Action Aid Kenya says the Scottish demonstration,
Consolidates all those voices of Africa saying, we're not going to stop, we want you to act now.
The leader of Scotland's Roman Catholics, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor is one of the speakers at the rally in Edinburgh.
I think the 200,000 here stand for millions of others who want their government to deliver.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 July 2005. The reporter is Anthony Murnane.