Protests held as G-8 leaders arrive in Japan
JAPAN: Hundreds of protesters rallied under heavy police security
Sunday in Japan as leaders from the top industrialized nations began
arriving for their annual summit.
A morning protest ended peacefully. Another sponsored by leftist
demonstrators was to be held later in the evening.
The rallies follow a demonstration by about 2,500 on Saturday that
lead to a brief clash with police in which four people - including a
television cameraman - were detained.
The protesters are demanding the Group of Eight be dissolved and
urgent measures be taken to solve climate change and world hunger.
“Down with imperialism,” said one large red banner carried at the
front of the march.
Japanese police have been out in force to assure there are no
incidents during the G-8 summit, which starts in Lake Toya, about 60
miles (100 kilometers) south of Sapporo city on Monday.
U.S. President George Bush arrived at Lake Toya as the march was
Sapporo, Sunday, AP