G8 Conference/Live8 :: 10,000 police baton down the hatches & prepare. Sail8 sunk.
* SOURCE : SKY NEWS ONLINE
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Scottish police are preparing for one of their biggest ever security operations as eight of the world's most powerful leaders prepare to arrive for a summit.
A big demonstration is planned near Gleneagles, where the G8 leaders will gather.
A five-mile ring of steel, consisting of 10,000 two-metre high panels, has been erected around the resort and hotel.
A mile-long fence has also been erected outside the Scottish Parliament 40 miles away in Edinburgh amid fears that protesters could target the capital during the summit.
On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Edinburgh sent a powerful message to the world's richest nations demanding they lift Africa out of poverty.
More then 10,000 officers from throughout the UK have been made available to police the event, according to the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland.
Between 5,000 and 6,000 of those are from England and Wales, the majority of whom are specially trained in areas ranging from public order policing to firearms.
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[color=dark-blue]** SOURCE : THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
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Disappointment as Sail 8 anti-poverty protest flops
A tiny band of boats have sailed into a south coast port after completing a symbolic voyage across the Channel in support of the Live 8 protest.
Only a tiny band of boats made the protest crossing
The final number of yachts fell far short of the 73 expected to take part in the Sail 8 flotilla announced by Bob Geldof and Dame Ellen MacArthur last month.
And the aim of bringing French campaigners back to join the G8 protest in Edinburgh also proved over-ambitious after nobody turned up to accept the free lift.
Bob Geldof, who was expected at Portsmouth to meet the boats, also cancelled earlier today.
In fact there were more journalists in the greeting party than Sail 8 participants.
Organisers at Portsmouth's historic dock yard, which this weekend is hosting the International Festival of the Sea, where the three yachts and a motor boat berthed, said the journey was meant merely as a symbolic part of the awareness-raising campaign.
Spokesman Don Brind said: "It is disappointing, but, trying not to be negative about it, we see it as part of the overall Make Poverty History campaign.
"With something like this, you have to try things. Some work, but others do not, and we have to concede that this didn't."
Mr Brind said that several other yachts had also set off on Friday and Saturday, but had turned back because of the poor sea conditions and heavy winds. But he could not explain why there were no French people to take up the voyage across the Channel.
He said: "All we could do was provide the opportunity, and, for whatever reason, it wasn't taken up.
"There were things going on in France, including the concert in Paris, so the French were involved."
Greg Hill, 45, from Northampton, sailed across in his yacht with wife, Sue, 40, daughter, Kate, 11, son Sebastian, 9, and family friend Jackie Wilmshurst.
He said that he found Bob Geldof's enthusiasm for the idea irresistible and decided he wanted to join in.
He added: "It sounded like a fantastic idea, we are a pretty adventurous family and it sounded like a good crack for the weekend. We wanted to be part of the message and I think it's really important that friendly pressure is applied so politicians can't have it all their own way."
Mr Hill said that he believed poor weather conditions as well as many yachts already having commitments with this week's International Fleet Review and International Festival of the Sea led to the small number of participants.
He said: "It is really disappointing and it is a shame that there were so few who took part and even more disappointing that so few boats came to greet us when we arrived."
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Some might ask why i ahven't put this in the
current thread called "live8", well that thread has now veered off onto a differnt topic for starters, looking at soem of the reasoning and causes for it to "be" at all, this is focusing on the event itself and the buildup with these two articles.
Even i am surprised that not one person was on the French side of the Channel waiting to be ferryed to Britain. Hmm, and a bit of a PR gaf for none of the Sail 8 organisers were there today too.
I might be playing things up more than necessary but is 10,000 police enough? In answering my own question, i suppose the fact that they are mostly specialist police men and women from all over the country, trained for these specific tasks means their worth is greater than the average bobby. And we've handled many similar events recent quite well, with relatively little trouble or problems on both sides.
Last edited by Critic; 07-03-2005 at 03:22 PM.
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