G8 needs urgent change of direction – Adams
In a statement this evening
in advance of the start of the G8 summit in Fermanagh on Monday, Sinn Féin
Leader Gerry Adams said:
“County Fermanagh will host the G8 summit next week.
“The G8, representing some the world's most powerful economies is the source of immense wealth and economic and political power.
“It has huge influence over the lives of millions of people and in relation to economic policies across the globe. It needs to make decisions that support the interests, rights and wellbeing of the world's citziens.
“However, the policies being pursued by the G8 are clearly failing and have deepened the problems facing many countries.
“This can be seen in growing unemployment, increased poverty, hunger and human rights abuses. There needs to be an urgent change of direction by the G8.
“A more enlightened and socially conscious approach would assist those citizens in the developing world to eradicate hunger, malnutrition and preventable disease.
“Sinn Féin supports the right of peaceful protest in relation to the summit and Sinn Féin members and representatives will participate in protests organised by Trade Unions, Amnesty and Friends of the Earth.
“I would encourage all demonstrators to express their views peacefully and democratically. This is the most effective way to communicate a message of the need for global solidarity, justice and human rights.”