G8 protests in Japan; police arrest four

Posted by Nick Dutton - email

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) - Four people have been arrested at an occassionally violent rally in Japan today protesting next week's G-Eight summit between President Bush and the leaders of 7 other democratic powers.

More than 1,000 protestors gathered at a park in Sapporo (suh-POR'-oh) demanding the G-Eight nations take urgent measures against such problems as global warming and poverty.

One protester denounced the G-Eight as a conspiracy of governments that he said has led the world to its most severe crisis in the last 50 years. He asked, "Who gave the Group of 8 the right to rule the world?"

The 3-day summit begins Monday, with global warming and soaring oil and food prices expected to be the chief topics.

The Associated Press contributed this report.