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Groups vow to keep CHOGM protest peaceful

Two Church and community groups against Third World Debt and globalisation are emphatic that their protests at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Brisbane in October will be peaceful.

Jubilee Australia is a group set up by Christians as part of the Year of Great Jubilee to work for the cancellation of the Third World's crippling debts. The Australian Coalition for Economic Justice (ACEJ) is a coalition of Church, community and industrial organisations. The Catholic Leader reports that both will make their message clear at CHOGM.

Police are gearing up for expected mass protests at the Brisbane meeting, and fear they could erupt in violence similar to other recent meetings of world leaders.

"CHOGM is an amazing opportunity for Christians to make a difference," said a spokeswoman for Jubilee Australia, Dominique Emery. "As we rejoice with the people of Uganda, Mozambique and Guyana, who had had their debt repayments significantly cut, we know there's a long way to go."

Australian Coalition for Economic Justice
Jubilee 2000
CHOGM (Jubilee 2000 site)

Catholic Leader