Wednesday, November 15, 2006

G20 in Melbourne - should we protest?

A website says:
Bring your creative ideas to the Carnival Beyond Capitalism
Sat 18th november, Meet 12 noon, State Library (Swanston St)
Parade to Carnival Site! |

Cabaret / Bands / Roving Performers / Puppets / DJ’s / Really Really Free Market / Dance Troupes / Speakers / Theatre / Guerilla Gardening / Mobile Sound Systems / and YOU!

Colour, costumes, street theatre, art, puppets ... the Carnival Beyond Capitalism needs your creativity to help Melbourne innoculate itself against capitalist-led globalisation, quarantine the G20 virus, and build infection control through celebrating alternatives such as the Really Really Free Market.

This will be a safe community space. All welcome. Brings flags, costumes, banners and respect. etc. etc.
from w.

But I wonder how safe that space will be. They will probably not stay at the grounds outside the State Library but move on towards the Hyatt where the G20 meeting will be held. And going by past similar events, there will be clashes. Some of my friends went to the S11 a few years ago, also in Melbourne. Already several blocks in Melbourne city are almost in lock-down in anticipation of the meeting.

Why is the G20 regarded as so bad? A gathering of the top bankers, capitalist organisations of the world will meet at the Hyatt Will the agenda be to keep their nest-eggs, even make them bigger, or to share a little bit with the real needy people of the world?


Blogger The Moody Minstrel said...

Probably the agenda is for them to figure out what parts of the Earth they haven't managed to start gobbling up yet and what went wrong.

5:29 PM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

What is strange here is that the chair of G20 is the Oz Treasurer Peter Costello who seems to be most concerned with a free market as if that would help everyone, and his brother, a Baptist clergyman, Tim Costello, who is deeply involved in things such as Make Poverty History and wants international aid etc. put high on the agenda. He's working now with World Vision. I know who I would rather sit next to.

2:56 PM  

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