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Security tight ahead of G8 summit

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 01:22

June 16 - Police step up their presence in the small town of Northern Ireland town of Enniskillen ahead of a gathering of world leaders. Andrew Raven reports.

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Police beef up their presence in the small, Northern Irish town of Enniskillen as it prepares to host a Group of Eight summit. Over 3,500 officers have been garrisoned for the talks, which will feature a who's who of world leaders. Hoping there won't be any trouble police are expecting 1,500 people to march through the town centre on Monday, the opening day of the summit. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INSPECTOR ROY ROBINSON, SAYING: "So with all of the police here should there be any trouble anticipated we are ready to deal with that, but we hope today that there will be no trouble." Sunday offered a preview of some of those demonstrations. The advocacy group Amnesty International called on U.S. President Barack Obama to close the Guantanamo Bay military prison. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL NORTHERN IRELAND PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, PATRICK CORRIGAN, SAYING: "His credibility in speaking out on issues of global stability, peace and security, are fundamentally undermined by the fact that Guantanamo Bay, four years after he came into office, four years after he promised to close it, is still open." Meanwhile, the charity Oxfam called on G8 leaders to "cook up" a recipe for ending global poverty. Oxfam also called for an end to the tax loopholes that allow the wealthy to squirrel away their money in tax havens.

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Security tight ahead of G8 summit

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 01:22