A little after 7PM on the 24th of September, as IMF delegates in the Washington Circle Hotel were probably settling in to stuff themselves full of foods many in DC could never afford to eat, protesters outside denounced attempts by the European banks to collect on the debts of Greece and Portugal at the expense of imposing austerity programs.
The protest was held in solidarity with those fighting in Greece and Portugal against these austerity programs. These programs and a "bailout" (with many strings attached) for Greece are the top agenda items at this round of IMF and World Bank protests. Their greatest fear is that a Greek sovereign default, followed by a similar sovereign default in Portugal, could bring the whole banking system crashing down-an outcome protesters were calling far preferable to pay cuts and tax hikes for the working class.
This particular protest was organized by animal rights activists furious with the pro-development, globally-destructive agenda of the IMF and World Bank, and their masters on Wall Street. That being the case, the protests were also in solidarity with the hard-pressed activists occupying Wall Street in New York City, who have faced day after day of police attacks and even some instances of outright brutality.
At the Washington Circle Hotel, protesters were able to complete their entire protest before any police were able to show up, probably because this protest was completely unexpected! This is in sharp contrast to the police attacks on protesters outside the same hotel in Spring 2010, or the mindless brutality the NYPD has inflicted on some Occupy Wall Street protesters. If the DC Police were to do to IMF protesters the things the NYPD has been doing to Occupy Wall Street, they would pay (and have paid many times before) a serious price in retaliatory actions, lawsuits, or both!
To some extent, the IMF and World Bank could be compared to a supplier or banker for Huntingdon Life Sciences, and the banking thugs on Wall Street to Huntingdon Life Sciences itself.
IMF delegates have been subject to scattered street harassment all weekend by roving activists and bands of activists.
In: Other News
Tags: IMF, World Bank, sovereign default, Occupy Wall Street
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States (load item map)
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