Demonstrators warm up for mass cross-border anti-G8 rally

Geneva. AFP/La Haine. 30/05/03.- Some 3,000 demonstrators joined a "warm-up" protest outside the United Nations (news - web sites) building in Geneva as tens of thousands began gathering for huge anti-G8 rallies set to straddle France and Switzerland.

Activists from Britain, Switzerland and Germany took part in Friday's largely peaceful protest march here under the banner "No Borders", shouting slogans such as "No Border, No Deportation" and "No to the Occupation of Iraq".

"We are here to defend asylum-seekers. Why can money pass through borders but not asylum-seekers," said one British demonstrator, who declined to be named.

According to an Internet site of the anti-G8 movement, the demonstration was organised by 'No Borders', a group campaigning for the free movement of people.

But Friday's demonstration could be just a taste of things to come with tens of thousands of people gathering in Geneva and in the nearby French town of Annemasse to join a huge protest on the opening day of the summit of the world's richest nations in the French town of Evian.


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