Brown pressed on 'global greed'

By agency reporter
November 10, 2008

Anti-poverty and environmental groups today pressed Gordon Brown to end his love affair with big business.

In a visual demonstration campaigners posed as a fat cat in bed with the British prime minister outside the Bank of England in London, as well as an alarm clock with the slogan "call time on global greed".

The protest came hours before Mr Brown gives a foreign policy speech to City business leaders tonight at the nearby Guildhall in the Lord Mayor of London's banquet.

Activists will also stage a noise demonstration with bells and alarm clocks outside the Guildhall as Brown speaks.

The protesters represent a broad alliance of global poverty and environmental organisations representing more than nine million people, including the Trade Justice Movement, the Jubilee Debt Campaign, War on Want, the World Development Movement, ActionAid, CAFOD and the New Economics Foundation.

The coalition is urging Mr Brown to end his love affair with big business and push for a radically different global economic system that puts people and the planet first.

The protest comes ahead of a controversial G20 summit of leaders from the world's richest economies in Washington DC on Saturday (15 November) to discuss the financial crisis.

Campaigners are demanding that decisions about reform to the global economic system are made in a much more democratic forum that gives the poorest of the world a full and equal say.

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