Thursday, April 02, 2009

Anti-poverty group banned from attending G-20

The World Development Movement has been banned from attending the G-20 meetings. The anti-poverty group blames the British government for revoking it's ability to attend.

The World Development Movement reacts to the decision in this article from the Telegraph.

The group, which was part of last weekend's huge Put People First Alliance which held a rally in London, said the Foreign Office received a note from 10 Downing Street telling it to revoke the accreditation.

Benedict Southworth, the group's director, said: "I am outraged that we have apparently been banned at the last minute from attending the summit.

"We hope it is not what it appears to be – an attempt to stage-manage events and prevent voices of dissent and disagreement being heard.

"The only other government in the world that has banned the World Development Movement from attending a global summit is the Singapore government which has a track record of stifling voices of opposition."

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