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skippy the bush kangaroo



Friday, September 27, 2002

the imf doesn't mean impossible mission force

several hundred protesters were arrested in washington dc today during demonstrations against the international monetary fund and world bank specifically, and injustice and capitalism in general, which are holding meetings this weekend in the nation's capital.

(the imf and world bank are holding meetings, not injustice and captalism...well, maybe capitalism is, but we're pretty sure injustice rarely holds meetings announced ahead of time, with the exception of florida elections).

cnn: "some protesters threw rocks and smoke bombs in clashes with police on the rainy streets of the nation's capital, and others tried to block intersections and sidewalks."

yahoo news: "in the afternoon, a dozen protesters stripped to their underwear while standing on the cut stump of a redwood tree they had placed across from a gap store in washington's georgetown neighborhood. the self-described 'gaptivists' chanted 'we'd rather wear nothing than wear gap' and accused the company's owners of being involved in logging and running sweatshops."

cbs: "the executive director of greenpeace is among the more than six-hundred people arrested today during protests against the international monetary fund and world bank. john passacantando says he was just riding his bicycle to work when police made more than two-hundred arrests near a park just outside of the extended white house security zone."

usa today: "about 65 people were charged with rioting after they clashed with police, broke some windows at a citibank office and tossed smoke bombs in washington's business district."

washington post: "joseph mayer, 69, a retired army lieutenant colonel who lives in alexandria and works in the district, approached the police line at the corner of 15th and pennsylvania and was among those caught inside the line of officers. 'they closed freedom plaza and turned it into a non-freedom plaza,' he said. 'they have turned the constitution off'."

bets are going around blogtopia that dc resident maxspeak might be languishing in a jail cell somewhere after getting swept up in the brou-ha-ha. we sincerely hope not. but if skippy's staff were on that coast instead of this one, they might be, also.

here is a series of photos from yahoo news of the demonstrators interacting with the dc police.

for news from the grass roots level, go to the dc independent media page, with live streaming audio and video from the middle of the action.

kudos to abcnews for a news story that gives the the home page urls of some of the groups who organized some of the demonstrations, as well as that of the dc police.
posted by skippy at 3:53 PM |

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