13 Photos Of G8 Protests That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity


The G8 summit, featuring the leaders of most of the world's largest economies including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, United States, and the European Union, is currently taking place near Enniskillen in Northern Ireland. At the two day summit, which ends on Tuesday, leaders have been discussing the ongoing conflict in Syria, as well as other issues including corporate tax avoidance and trade agreements.

Summits such as the G8, G20, and WTO, however, have long drawn activists to the street and this year has been no different. In the lead up to the summit, and during it, protesters have been calling attention to issues including mismanagement of the global economy, financial austerity measures, bank bailouts, the arms trade, corporate tax avoidance, poverty, the war on terror, and climate change. Here are 13 of the best images of them in action:

1. Police stop a G8 protest march in front of the most appropriate sign ever:

2. A little boy shows he has more sense than the U.S. government:

3. Arms dealers are scarier than people dressed as death:

4. Protesters use a giant inflatable pig to get their message across:

5. G8 leaders can do less harm if they are all put on a boat together:

6. Even kids know better?:

7. Activists set up "Isle of Shady Tax Haven" to protest tax dodging:

8. Protesters tell G8 leaders what they think of their policies:

9. Obama takes time out from negotiations to cook up a feast for the hungry media:

10. G8 leaders find time to mess about on the golf course:

11. Government shutdown anyone?:

12. Laying down some straight truth:

13. The people will eventually prevail: