June 17, 2013 2:55 pm

Gallery: Thousands of protesters gather at site of G8 summit

Demonstrators from the 'IF campaign' wearing masks depicting G8 leaders protest against tax avoidance during the G8 Summit.

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TORONTO – As Prime Minister Stephen Harper sits down with other world leaders in Northern Ireland Monday for the first of a two-day G8 summit, protesters have gathered to voice their anger with a wide-range of issues.

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The meeting, which is taking place near the border town of Enniskillen, has drawn environmentalists, peace activists, and anti-poverty campaigners who have been protesting topics such as U.S. foreign policy, tax evasion and the Canadian oilsands.

Demonstrators have used elaborate costumes and signs for a series of protests that have been held over the past week ahead of Monday’s meeting.

At the top of the agenda for G8 leaders is the situation in Syria, free US-European Union trade and the problem of tax evasion.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, a ring of steel fences was erected around the Lough Erne golf resort where the talks are being held, as authorities are expecting up to 2,000 protesters to take part in anti-capitalist demonstrations.

Last week hundreds of riot police raided a London building and arrested more than 57 people in connection with the G8 protests.

Below are images of the G8 protests:

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