Tuesday, March 31, 2009

G20 leaders gather amid security

BBC News
World leaders are gathering in London to discuss ways to resolve the worst financial crisis since the 1930s.

The G20 summit takes place amid tight security and police warnings of "unprecedented" levels of protest.

Workers in London's financial district have been told to dress down and stay home to avoid provoking demonstrators.

I've always wondered why they choose to meet in a large city instead of somewhere out in the boonies. All of these world "leaders" fly in on private planes (e.g., Air Force One) anyway and stay at expensive hotels. Instead of meeting where they disrupt millions of people and face real security risks, why not meet at a remote resort island and avoid all the protests? My guess is that all these Gxx meetings are more of a PR show. If they wanted to discuss policy, it's much easier to set up a video conference. Why spend all that money and fuel to meet in a large urban center if not for the photo-op?

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