REPRESENTATIVES FROM groups as far-reaching as England, took part in a meeting in Enniskillen over the weekend to discuss protesting ideas, come the G8 Summit in June.
On Saturday, representatives from various groups came to the conclusion that demonstrations could take the form of a march, and an event to coincide with the summit.
A spokesperson told the Herald that there was now a working group in place that will engage with the local council and police, to discuss what options are, ‘realistic’.
He also said that there was a strong emphasis on finding a location within Enniskillen where protesters who come to the county can gather. The meeting included people from both inside and outside the county, the Republic, and England.
“There are different groups with different priorities,” the spokesperson explained.
“Some want to do work around poverty, some want to talk about the issue of fracking, some want to talk about austerity, others want to talk about peace – all of which are issues related to the G8.”
He added: “It was a good step – I think we’re much clearer on what we have to do.
“We have to engage with the local council and the powers that be, in terms of taking something forward that’s positive and constructive, and which, hopefully, will engage and empower local people as well as visitors in terms of discussing the politics and priorities of the G8.”
The spokesperson acknowledged that there will be a march, and, if a venue can be secured, an event.
Of the event, he commented: “I think it needs to be diverse, accommodating, and allowing people to have music, poetry readings, radical artists, discussions – and it’s a positive thing in terms of people coming here and having a good experience, but it will also engage people in a positive and constructive way in dialogue and discussion.”
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