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Human Chain


May 16, 1998

German success since the second world war was on the basis of much of their debts being written off. We need a similar approach to allow the countries at the bottom of the economic pile to grow and feed their people.

Coaches were organised by churches from all over the country, bringing people to Birmingham to form the six or seven mile human chain. Everywhere I saw it was at least 3 or 4 people deep. Various events were organised, including speeches by Ann Pettifor of Jubilee2000 and Claire Short, the Minister for Overseas Development. At the last minute the G8 leaders decided to leave Birmingham (possibly for security reasons) for the day, much to the annoyance of the demonstrators. However Tony Blair flew back to meet with the leaders of Jubilee2000 as the demonstrators flooded back to their coaches.

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