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'Politicians have got us nowhere'

The protest in Edinburgh dubbed "The Carnival For Full Enjoyment" was called by anarchist groups in protest at the G8 summit at Gleneagles.

The groups do not put forward a spokesperson because they do not believe in a hierarchical structure but BBC Scotland spoke to one protester who called himself Robin. This is an extract of what he said:

The Carnival For Full Enjoyment has come out of the need to do something about the really serious problems the majority of people face.

Problems like low pay, like job insecurity, like increasing casualisation and decreases in pensions, for claimants, poverty-line benefits and cuts to benefits.

This G8 summit gives those of us at the bottom of society an opportunity to link working-class struggles on a local scale with the same kind of struggles that are going on all over the world.

The Carnival For Full Enjoyment is in solidarity with the powerful social movements of the global south.

We believe in direct action because relying on politicians and leaders has got us nowhere.

Our vision is of a society that is run from the bottom up with grassroots control in all areas

This direct action is against institutions that are keeping us down and ripping us off.

We completely refute the lie that we will be targeting ordinary workers as many of the participants are workers in major companies.

We believe that if our planet is to survive the huge problems we face, the disempowerment of the majority of people, the dire poverty in the global south, climate change - if we are to survive this we need a fundamental change.

What we'll need to do is to fundamentally reorganise things.

Our vision is of a society that is run from the bottom up with grassroots control in all areas.

A society where the profit-motive is abolished and where the most important thing is the satisfaction of all human needs in the widest sense.


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