Arriving back at base we switch on the telly to be greeted by the sight of multi millionaire tosspot ‘Sir’ Bob Geldoff moaning that the G8 had not kept their promises from 2005 with regard to Africa. That’s the same Sir Bob who announced that the 2005 G8 in Gleneagles was the ‘best ever’. The same Sir Bob who made a special point of
slagging off the demonstrators in Edinburgh saying that they were harming the chances of the poorest people getting a fairer deal. ‘A bunch of losers with white painted faces’ was his exact words. Of course he and his millionaire chums like Bono knew far better than everyone else didn’t they?
Since 2005 tens of millions have needlessly died in poverty thanks to the policies of the G8. It’s function is to maintain the status quo for the benefit of the few at the expense of the many. Wheeling out bleeding heart celebs like Geldoff to boost its credibility is a pitiful sham just like the G8 itself. There really is no satisfaction in saying ‘I told you so’ to the Geldoffs of this world. They are part of the problem not the solution.
Finally a huge thanks to all the German activists and organisers who made the protests so successful. For giving us the space to operate. For making us such nice food and coffee. For demonstrating a level of organisation that proves well and truly that post 9/11, the anti capitalist movement is bigger, louder and stronger than ever.
See you all in Rome.
Here there is a shot of Offline readers in friday's final demonstration in Rostock.