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In pictures: anti-G8 protests

Oxfam protest at the G8 Summit

As the G8 summit began on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, anti-poverty activists prepared to hold a protest using masks of the leaders gathered at the venue.

Oxfam protest at the G8 Summit

The masks sprang to life as members of the UK charity Oxfam demonstrated against rising world food prices and the use of biofuels.

Anti-G8 protest march in Japan

Another group of protesters marched towards the site of the summit - which has been sealed off.

Masks worn at anti-G8 protest

In the nearby city of Saporro, anti-G8 protesters highlighted the plight of the world's poor, as food and oil prices escalate.

Anti-G8 protest march in Japan

Protesters from all over the world are expected to demonstrate near the venue during the course of the three-day summit.

Anti-G8 rally with banner 'we're opposed to G8'

Anti-globalisation activists have been making their message to G8 leaders clear.

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