Protesters: Put People First alliance
Target: G20 world leaders
Date: 28 March
- What happened?
More than 35,000 people marched around London under the 'Put People First' umbrella, ahead of this week's G20 summit. The group is an alliance of more than 150 organisations including Oxfam, Friends of the Earth, ActionAid, Christian Aid and Save The Children.
- Why the protest?
The protesters were demanding action on poverty, unemployment and climate change. They wanted to make sure the world's poorest people were at the forefront of the talks, and the recession was not used as an excuse to delay.
- How did the G20 respond?
Climate change secretary Ed Miliband met campaigners before the march and said they were planning a peaceful protest.
- How did the media cover it?
The BBC described the 'carnival atmosphere' of the parade and The Scotsman said that despite the 'massive security' the protesters marched in peace. But media reports also contained claims the protesters' message was too generic to be effective. Meanwhile The Daily Telegraph's Tracey Corrigan was scathing in her blog, arguing that the protesters were making a 'great, gigantic, disruptive fuss about everything they think is wrong with the world, without having any coherent notion of how to put it right'.