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G8 Summit 2012: Top Protests Of Past Decade (PHOTOS)


G8 2012

While activists won’t be officially invited to the table of G8 leaders at Camp David this weekend, they will certainly make sure their voices are heard.

The designated leaders will address some of the world’s most pressing issues, but protesters –- as they have in the past -- will also use this highly publicized stage to air their grievances and share what issues they believe deserve the most attention.

Here at HuffPost Impact, we’ve invited some of the leading humanitarian nonprofits to our platform to call on the G8 leaders to tackle the problems they think are most concerning. We’ve had some lively discussions, including a blog post by Save the Children about how best to address to chronic malnutrition and a piece by America Near East Refugee Aid, which talked about the need to include water in the food security conversation.

At the scene of the actual summit, some protests have already taken shape. Oxfam activists wore masks representing the G8 leaders at the White House and Occupy DC members hope to highlight the disparities between America’s upper and middle class.

As activists gear up to offer their point of view, let’s take a look back at a decade of demonstrations at the G8 to see what has been addressed from year’s past and what still needs to be tackled.


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  • G8 Summit 2003: France

    Police fired tear gas at a group of anti-G8 demonstrators, who had designated June 1, 2003 a day of protest, who tried marching to the summit site.

  • G8 Summit 2004: United States

    G8 activist Scott Taylor urges advocates for human rights as a group of protesters prepares to march across the Sidney Lanier bridge near the site of the G8 Summit on June 5, 2004.

  • G8 Summit 2005: UK

    Anti-poverty campaigner Bob Geldof called for 1 million protesters to meet in Edinburgh during the July 2005 G8 summit.

  • G8 Summit 2006: Russia

    Police detain a protestor during a demonstration against the G8 Summit meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia on July 15, 2006.

  • G8 Summit 2007: Germany

    An activist sits on the tarmac as police try to move anti-G8 protestors blocking the road between Bad Doberan and Heiligendamm, in Northern Germany on June 6, 2007.

  • G8 Summit 2008: Japan

    During the 2008 G8 Summit in Japan, protesters demanded that the G8 be dissolved and that urgent measures be taken to solve the issues of hunger and climate change.

  • G8 Summit 2009: Italy

    Demonstrators hold a sign that reads, "You G8 are the earthquake" during an anti-G8 protest in Italy in 2009.

  • G8 Summit 2010: Canada

    G8 demonstrators cover their bodies in cocoa and vegetable oil to resemble a human oil slick, to protest the spending for the summits and the freezing of foreign aid.

  • G8 Summit 2011: France

    Oxfam international activists wear masks with the faces of G8 leaders, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and US President Barack Obama.

  • G8 Summit 2012: United States

    Members of the Occupy D.C. movement paint signs in preparation for demonstrations in Thurmont, Md. to protest the G8 Summitt at Camp David.

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