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Thousands march against poverty

July 2, 2005 at 5:46 PM   |   Comments

EDINBURGH, Scotland, July 2 (UPI) -- A crowd estimated at more than 200,000 gathered Saturday in Edinburgh for a "Make Poverty History" march.

The Guardian reported that throughout the morning white-clad people streamed through Waverley Station and walked to a city park.

The marchers included the famous and powerful, including actor Pete Postlethwaite, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, and Bianca Jagger.

"We have had enough political spin, promises and downright lies," Postlethwaite said in a speech.

The demonstration is one of a series of events planned for Edinburgh in advance of the G8 meeting, which begins Wednesday in nearby Gleneagles.

At 3 p.m. local time, the marchers held a two-minute silence, and then circled the city center holding hands, the New York Times reported.

Mike Dewar, a retired firefighter, told the Times G8 leaders "seem to be immune in their ivory towers. We don't all need money. Just a decent way to earn a living."

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