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In pictures: G8 protests

Anti-G8 activists shout slogans during a demonstration in Sapporo, Japan (05/07/2008)

More than 1,000 activists from around the world have marched ahead of the opening of the summit of leaders from the world's Group of Eight (G8) developed nations in Japan.

Anti-G8 activists wearing masks  shout slogans during a demonstration in Sapporo, Japan (05/07/2008)

The protesters called on G8 leaders to make a greater commitment to tackle climate change and poverty and to take actions against rising food prices.

Anti-G8 protestors dressed in kimonos stage a demonstration march in Sapporo, Japan (05/07/2008)

Students, trade unionists and farmers were among those taking part, many of whom blame globalisation for increasing poverty and the dependence on fossil fuels.

Policemen keep vigil as an anti-G8 activists march during a demonstration in Sapporo, Japan (05/07/2008)

Police have prevented the protests from reaching the remote lakeside resort where the leaders will be meeting, on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

Anti-G8 activists stage a protest in Sapporo, Japan (05/07/2008)

Previous protests at G8 summits have been marred by outbreaks of violence.

Security officials form a barrier against anti-G8 activists during a demonstration in Sapporo, Japan (05/07/2008)

The police presence is heavy, with the security budget said to be more than $280m (140m).

Police detain an anti-G8 activist during a demonstration in Sapporo, Japan (05/07/2008)

At least two people have been arrested. Further protests are expected to be held throughout the summit, which opens on Monday.

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