One hundred and fifty people walked into Swindon town centre from all points of the compass to form a ring of humanity around the Jubilee Clock on 9 April to make their view known that governments of the rich countries should make poverty a thing of the past before the 21st Century gets any older.
People from churches across the town and members of local branches of Oxfam, Anesty International and the World Development Movement heard speeches from North Swindon MP Michael Wills and Liberal Democrat election candidate Mike Evemy.
Rev Steven Skinner, vicar of Holy Trinity Chuch, Shaw said the march and rally aimed to put more pressure on the British Government. "Gordon Brown has asked for as much pressure as possible to be applied so that world leaders cannot turn away from the issue.
"Somebody dies every 3 seconds as a result of poverty, 11 million a year; the rich countries have it in their power to change how poor countries are treated."
Event organiser Barbara Aftelak said, "we made our point to many Saturday shoppers, sadly others ignored the issue.
"In July world leaders gather in Edinburgh to discuss the world economy. They must treat poor countries better and there will be coaches to take Swindon people to a large demonstration."
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