£4,000 Dash to G8 Protest

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But by then the only way to get to Gleneagles was by taxi.

The charity called Beeston’s Cab Line firm at 8pm last Monday and within hours the company had found eight cars and two minibuses to complete the 314-mile trip for 34 protesters.

Poverty

The group built, then burned down a model African village in the hills near the G8 summit site.

They wanted to highlight how real attacks cause the kind of poverty that leaders of the main industrialised nations are trying to reduce.

Images of the protest were seen around the world.

”We burnt the ‘village’ less than 24 hours after we’d put the call into Cab Line,” said David Brown, an Aegis Trust spokesman.

”It’s fantastic that Cab Line could help us out.”

The trip was made more complex – and expensive – because campaigners also needed to be picked up from Stoke, Coventry and Birmingham. The call was made at short notice because the arrangements for
the protest had only been confirmed the day before.

The £4,000 fare will be met from the charities campaigns budget.

Jim McFaul, Cab Line’s owner, said: ”They had phoned us completely out of the blue. It took quite a lot of effort to put it all together.”

”We do get some nice little jobs sometimes but nothing like this in the 25 years I’ve been in the industry.”

The cabs were pulled over by police on security duty near Gleneagles, and the convoy’s reason for travelling were checked with the charity before they were allowed to proceed.

After dropping off the protesters the drivers returned to Beeston, completing a round trip of around 700 miles in about 12 hours.

Eight model African village huts made out of wood and straw were built and burnt for the protest.

Mr Brown said: ”We were making the point that trade and debt are important but that genocide makes poverty too. People have to be protected.”

His charity wants G8 nations to do more to stop the violence in Darfur and protect those now without homes and food.

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