Live 8 concert in Berlin draws 150,000 spectators

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4 July 2005, BERLIN - Germany's Live 8 concert as part of the global musical marathon aimed at aiding the world's poorest countries, drew about 150,000 people in downtown Berlin, organizers said Saturday. "One can see that the powerful in this world can easily be pushed over - but one must push, and push, and push," said Campino, the lead singer of the group Die Toten Hosen who opened the concert. With the city's main east-west axis closed off as a concert venue, people packed the Street of the 17th of Jun

4 July 2005

BERLIN - Germany's Live 8 concert as part of the global musical marathon aimed at aiding the world's poorest countries, drew about 150,000 people in downtown Berlin, organizers said Saturday.

"One can see that the powerful in this world can easily be pushed over - but one must push, and push, and push," said Campino, the lead singer of the group Die Toten Hosen who opened the concert.

With the city's main east-west axis closed off as a concert venue, people packed the Street of the 17th of June next to the historic Brandenburg Gate in partly sunny and warm weather.

Many of those attending the concert wore T-shirts with the message: "Make Poverty History."

A further 20 groups played through early evening including Chris de Burgh, Crosby Stills & Nash, A-ha and Herbert Groenemeyer. Also taking part was German super-model Claudia Schiffer.

The concert was part of 10 being held around the world aimed at highlighting poverty and starvation in the run-up to the annual Group of Eight (G8) summit of industrial nations which is being held July 6 to 8 at the luxury Gleneagles resort in Scotland.

Organized by Irish rocker Bob Geldof, other Live 8 concerts were held in Tokyo, Paris, Rome, Moscow, Philadelphia, Johannesburg, London and Toronto.

It is hoped that the Live 8 concerts will prompt leaders of the G8 to offer the world's poorest countries greater support in alleviating poverty.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who hosts this years G8, has vowed to make fighting poverty in Africa the cornerstone of meeting.

In an open letter published in British newspapers, Geldof said the organizers of the concerts had gathered "the largest mandate for action in history" to end the poverty "killing 50,000 each day" in Africa.

DPA

Subject: German news

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