By Anonymous, submitted on Wed, 01/06/2005 - 03:52
Saturday July 2 The day of the Live 8 concerts could also see the largest demonstration in Scottish history, with up to 200,000 people arriving in Edinburgh for a march in support of Make Poverty History. The marchers will form a staggered procession leaving from the Meadows at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm, in order to form a white ring around the Scottish capital, echoing the white Make Poverty History wristbands worn by campaigners this year. A similar human chain was formed around the 1998 Birmingham G8 summit. Sunday July 3 A counter-conference, entitled "G8 Corporate Dream ... Global Nightmare" will take place at the Assembly Hall on Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Organised by the more dissident end of the global trade justice NGO movement, namely War on Want and the World Development Movement, the debate will feature Walden Bello of the Focus on the Global South institute, and the Guardian's own George Monbiot. Â· Monbiot will also be at the other counter-conference on the Sunday, under the G8 Alternatives umbrella. This event, held at the Usher Hall, Queen's Hall and University, will also feature foreign policy writer Mark Curtis, former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter and David Miller (co-editor of Arguments Against G8). Â· "Creative Summit Street Carnival" of local ecologists and anarchists around Edinburgh. Monday July 4 The start of the week will see the first likely confrontation with police, with an attempt to blockade the Faslane nuclear submarine base on the Clyde, and a "Carnival for Full Enjoyment" back in Edinburgh. Tuesday July 5 Another possible standoff between demonstrators and police outside the Dungavel Detention Centre in a protest by Refugee Action, involving a samba band and lots of noise, according to organisers. Wednesday July 6 The fulcrum of protests, as various groups attempt to blockade the Gleneagles hotel, or surrounding area. A big security operation is being planned by police, including a five-mile perimeter cordon around the hotel grounds. Another rumoured event is the People's Open Golf Tournament, with protestors storming one of the hotel's five golf courses for a round of pitch and putt. But with security this tight, the invasion is unlikely to succeed. Other events All week long there is a People and Planet Festival, in Edinburgh, and a stunt by the Rebel Clown Army is scheduled for the Friday. Earliest of all the G8 demonstrations, however, will be the cycle cavalcade setting off from London on Sunday June 19, taking in Coventry, Nottingham, Manchester, Lancaster and Carlisle as it snakes its way north.