Around 5,000 anti-globalisation protesters and local residents marched on July 11 on the G8 summit in the quake-hit Italian town of L’Aquila.
Marchers set off from one of dozens of tented camps near the mountain town set up to house victims of the devastating April 6 earthquake, watched by a large force of police.
The protest was originally organised by local citizens’ groups to draw attention to the slow progress of reconstruction three months after the quake, which killed 299 people and left some 70,000 homeless. However, anti-globalisation groups comprised the vast majority of the marchers.
The logic behind the G8 meeting in L'Aquila was not clear, however, the fact that the town was hit by the quake gave another incentive to local people to demonstrate against the summit. Therefore, the activists got a strong local support.
The G8 watch in L’Aquila can be found here: http://g8protest2009.blogspot.com/2009/07/plans-for-protest-announced.html