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Anti-Globalization Protest: Washington DC, September 27-29, 2002


GWU Students Sue Police Over Mass Arrests (October 16, 2002)

When police corralled and arrested several hundred protesters in a park in D.C., bystanders, journalists and volunteer medics were caught in the fray. While police claim their actions were justified, students from GWU challenge the constitutionality of the police's "trap and arrest" tactic. (Washington Post)

Bush Administration Raises Stakes for Critics of Government Policy (September 30, 2002)

Police arrested nearly one-third of protesters in DC, according to law enforcement figures. This overly aggressive behavior intimidates protesters and limits their ability to exercise their first amendment rights. (Yellow Times)

Against War, a Peaceful March (September 30, 2002)

Activists suggest that aggressive police and miscounting might account for the allegedly small number of protesters in DC as they discuss how to increase support in the future. Activists feel that "any attempt to equate a low turnout with the end of the movement is wishful thinking." (Washington Post)

African Voices in the Streets of Washington (September 30, 2002)

African civil society leaders speak in Washington about privatization, NEPAD, and why Africa would be better off without the World Bank. (AllAfrica)

Police Arrest Hundreds in Protests (September 28, 2002)

With police outnumbering activists in DC, many criticize their tactics as "overly aggressive and unconstitutional." (Washington Post)

10 (More) Reasons to Protest the IMF and World Bank; Come to DC on Saturday, September 28 (September 27, 2002)

Ten reasons to join the protests include user fees for healthcare, privatization of water, environmentally damaging policies, a faulty debt-relief program, and, of course, that protesting works. (Common Dreams)

Demonstration Skirmishes Continue in the District (September 27, 2002)

Chaos reigns in DC as anarchists break windows, police arrest peaceful protesters, and demonstration organizers admit that they do not really know what to expect. (Washington Post)

Protestors Greet Meetings of IMF and World Bank (September 27, 2002)

After surrounding 300 protesters with motorcycles, police "swung batons" and handcuffed and removed demonstrators. One activist notes the parallel between the "repression in the streets" and the system of global repression they oppose. (Reuters)
Washington, DC prepares for an estimated 20,000 protesters by calling in extra police and warning commuters to use public transportation or stay home. Meanwhile, protesters scramble to finish last-minute preparations. (Washington Post)

Activists Say World Bank, IMF Protests Working - Slowly (September 25, 2002)

Although progress comes slowly, activists argue that the global justice movement has succeeded in limiting social, economic and environmental damage caused by the IMF and World Bank. (Inter Press Service)

Protesters Planning Big Demonstrations for Meetings of World Bank and IMF (September 4, 2002)

Calling for debt cancellation and policies that help the environment and the poor, thousands of anti-globalization demonstrators are expected to protest when the World Bank and IMF meet in Washington in September 2002. (Associated Press)

Mass Mobilization And Political Change (March 27, 2002)

In an increasingly militarized world, "the need for building the broadest, largest, most diverse and most unified, grassroots movement for peace and justice could not be clearer." Global civil-society's plans for the regular IMF and World Bank spring meetings in Washington, D.C., provide the perfect opportunity. (ZNet)


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