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I just received this email from Corporate Watch and, for those in London this week, reproduce all details here so you are aware:

The leaders of the world's 22 largest economies are meeting in London this
week to 'restore confidence' in the failed capitalist system. Meanwhile, banks
and companies in the City are being boarded up and employees are being told to
come to work in plain cloths. But is it that easy to hide?

Different groups and
campaigns are planning different protests and actions over various, yet
interrelated, issues. What they all have in common is disillusionment and anger
at the system that the G20 summit represents.

A better representation, however,
may be London's financial district, or the Square Mile, where many of the
protests and actions are expected to take place. A detailed map of the Square
Mile, with numerous focal points, has been produced and is being circulated
widely among activists and protesters. Below is a list of the main (known)
protests and actions planned for this week.

The 'Squaring Up to the Square Mile' map can be found here.

Wednesday, 1st April:

- Financial Fools Day and G20 Meltdown at the Bank of England, from 11am at
different stations (Moorgate, Liverpool St, London Bridge, Cannon

Reclaiming the City, thrusting into the very belly of the beast:
the Bank of England.

"We can't pay, we won't pay and we are taking to
the streets."

"Capitalism has been heating up our world for years,
melting the icecaps, burning up the rainforests, pushing the planet to tipping
point. Now we're going to put the heat on them. At the London Summit , the G20
ministers are trying to get away with the biggest April Fools trick of all time.
Their tax-dodging, bonus-guzzling, pension-pinching, unregulated free market
world in meltdown, and those fools think we're going to bail them out. They've
gotta be joking!"

For more information, see

- Climate Camp hits the City, at the European Climate Exchange in Bishopgate
from 12:30 noon.

"Stopping Carbon Trading... Because nature doesn't do
bailouts... ''

"First the city traders speculated with our homes, jobs and money – with
disastrous results. Now they are speculating with our climate and the very
future of life on earth – and once again our governments are cheering them on...
Don’t let them get away with it: join our camp in the Square Mile! Bring a
pop-up tent, sleeping bag, wind turbine, mobile cinema, action plans and

For more information, see

- Fossil Fools Day: "Take aim at your local fossil fool and help speed up the
end of the fossil fuel empire, and the beginnings of a more just and sustainable

For more information, see

(Early success: BP, which was going to celebrate its centenary with cocktails
and canapes at the British Museum, has cancelled the party allegedly due to
'traffic disruption'.

Thursday, 2nd April:

Shut down the G20: Autonomous actions and blockades against and around the
G20 Summit, which will be held at the ExCeL centre in East London, from early

"We're going to bang on their hotel doors @ the Excel Centre, Canning Town,
to deliver our message of a world beyond capitalism."

For more information, see

Friday, 3rd April:

- 'Ditch the Dirty Development': People & Planet protest at the Royal
Bank of Scotland in Bishopgate, London. For more details, see

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