Commemorating World Debt Day,
hundreds of Mancunians signed petitions and energetically set about wiping
out the debts of the poorest countries in the Piccadilly fountains. The petitions called on the Finance Ministers of the
world’s rich countries to wipe out all the debts of the poorest
countries as part of this years MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY campaign.
In spite of the tragedy of 30,000 children dying every day from the
diseases of poverty, the Wipe Out Debt stunt in the fountains was great
fun symbolising the millions of children whose lives have already been
made happier through health care and schools funded by debt cancellation.
Campaigner Eileen Hayes said
“It’s a great excuse to act like kids and enjoy ourselves whilst
making the point that after all their promises a billion people are still
living in poverty which we could afford to end!
Almost everyone has seen the TV click advert showing how someone
dies every three seconds so this year they want to join in and help
World Debt Day commemorates the
day in 1998 when over 70,000 campaigners surrounded the G8 meeting in
Birmingham demanding that the unpayable debts be cancelled, which led to
an unprecedented cancellation of $100Bn of debts a year later.
This year the G8 return to Britain in July, meeting in Gleneagles,
MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY campaign is demanding that all the debts are wiped out,
trade rules are made just and that there is more and better aid.
The G8 meeting in Gleneagles will be preceded by an even greater
parade demonstrating the commitment of hundreds of thousands of people
that governments honour their promises made at the United Nations to halve
poverty by 2015 and insist that they make poverty history!
The MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY campaign
has attracted a galaxy of stars, including of course Bono and Bob Geldof.
Judging by the thousands of Mancunians who have signed the petitions and
postcards and joined in the World Debt Day, the mass protest and parade in
Edinburgh on July 2nd is going to be a huge success; a day with
a carnival atmosphere, music, theatre and a mass parade around Edinburgh
(note- this was the