- Title: JAPAN: Protesters call on G8 leaders to fulfill their promises
- Date: 6th July 2008
- Summary: (BN06) SAPPORO, JAPAN (JULY 6, 2008) (REUTERS) WHITE BALLOON WITH MESSAGE READING: "ACTION NOW" BEING BLOWN UP CAMPAIGNERS FILLING WHITE BALLOONS WITH AIR WHITE BALLOONS WITH MESSAGES WRITTEN ON THEM "FOOD CRISIS" CAMPAIGNER HOLDING BALLOONS CAMPAIGNER HOLDING PLACARD READING: "FOOD CRISIS" (SOUNDBITE) (English) KUMI NAIDOO, CO-CHAIRMAN OF "GLOBAL CALL TO ACTION AGAINST POVERTY", SAYING: "The reality is, in Africa, every single day 6,000 people die from HIV/AIDS alone, another 7,000 people die from malaria, another two or three thousand die from tuberculosis. If those numbers of deaths were happening in Europe or North America, we are convinced the G8 will long time ago have found the money to address these issues. So we want to see the same kind of urgency." BALLOONS AND CAMPAIGNERS HOLDING PLACARDS WITH MESSAGES TO G8 LEADERS CAMPAIGNER HOLDING PLACARD READING: "ACTION NOW" (SOUNDBITE) (English) DENNIS HOWLETT FROM "MAKE POVERTY HISTORY" SAYING: "We are coming to the G8, not because we recognise it as a legitimate forum, but we realise that many important decisions get made here and so we want to make sure that the voices of people in the world and the voices of citizens in the G8 countries gets heard and that they feel the pressure and that they keep their promises and take an action." CAMPAIGNERS WEARING MASKS OF G8 LEADERS WALKING CAMPAIGNERS WEARING MASKS OF G8 LEADERS POSING FOR MEDIA AND SHAKING HANDS WITH EACH OTHER CAMPAIGNER WEARING MASK OF U.S. PRESIDENT AND GERMAN CHANCELLOR MASKED CAMPAIGNERS BEING SURROUNDED BY WHITE BALLOONS
- Embargoed: 21st July 2008 13:00
- Location: Japan
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Economic News
- Reuters ID: LVA3UX0CA8XITZBA3PUXCH3H8N31
- Story Text: Protesters say not enough is being done by world leaders to end the unnecessary deaths of 16,000 Africans every day, from HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis.
International protesters in Japan for the G8 summit are calling on world leaders to tackle urgent issues for the world's poorest people.
A non-governmental organisation (NGO) called "Global Call to Action Against Poverty" held a small demonstration on Sunday (July 6), in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido.
They say they've received one million messages of support on their website from people demanding action on climate change, food crises, free health services, better education and aid.
Kumi Naidoo, the co-chairman of the group from South Africa, said the reality was in Africa every single day 6,000 people die from HIV/AIDS, 7,000 from malaria, and two or three thousand from tuberculosis.
"If those numbers of deaths were happening in Europe or North America, we are convinced the G8 would have found the money a long time ago to address these issues. So we want to see the same kind of urgency."
Dennis Howlett, the representative of Canadian group, "Make Poverty History" said they were at the G8 because they realised many important decisions were taken there and they wanted the voices of the people to be heard and that world leaders kept to their promises.
Campaigners donned masks of G8 leaders, including U.S. President George W. Bush and posed among balloons.
At nearby Lake Toya, the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, and the United States will discuss soaring food and oil prices, along with climate change and African development from Monday (July 7) to Wednesday (July 9).
Japan has also invited eight other nations, including Brazil, China and India, to hold talks on climate change on the sidelines.
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