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Bono and Bob Geldof have criticised
the violence caused by anti-globalization demonstrators
in Genoa this weekend where the G8 Summit was taking
Irish stars were in the Italian city to meet with
heads of state and advisors concerning the eradication
of Third World debt.
on behalf of the Drop the Debt campaign, Bono condemned
the violent demonstrations. "Violence is never right,
whether it's organized from the police, the army or
the protester groups in our opinion. But I really
understand the anger out on the streets. Anger is
the rational response to the insanity of this ever-widening
gap of inequality."
He also added that violence was not the way to make
oneself heard. "I'm angry, and though it's okay to
bang your fist on the table, it is not okay to out
your fist in the face of your opponent, whether you
are a protector or the police."
Brown from Drop the Debt had earlier confirmed
that they would not participate in the march on Saturday
"Drop the Debt has decided not to take part in the
march today because of the violence yesterday."
More than 150,000 demonstrators marched through Genoa
on Saturday, making it the biggest, and definitely
most violent, anti-globalization protest to date.
destroyed a day where there was an actual dialogue
going on between some African leaders and the wealthy
nations," Bono said.
however, was more positive concerning the debt relief
campaign. "From the Drop the Debt point of view, despite
the activities on the street, we have had a very successful
rock stars met with Canadian Prime Minister Jean
Chretien, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder
and European Union President Romano Prodi,
who were urged to eradicate debt and fight AIDS in
the world's poorest countries.
"We have been able to push our agenda of debt cancellation,"
said an optimistic Geldof.