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A16: The World Bank and IMF Demonstrations

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It seemed contrary to what one would expect, but in our march, which met up at Murrow Park across the street from the World Bank, we marched away from the World Bank, towards Dupont Circle.  One would think we’d start at Dupont Circle and march to the World Bank, but this ended up working out, too.  It was described as turning our backs on the World Bank and IMF.

The march took us up 18th Street NW, which we followed all the way up to Massachusetts Avenue.  Here, we made a big left turn, and took Massachusetts Avenue to Dupont Circle.  Before entering Dupont Circle however, we marched around the circle, and then turned to arrive at our destination.

During the march, various chants took place.  People said, “Show me what democracy looks like!  This is what democracy looks like!”, “Whose streets?  Our streets!”, “What do we want?  Cancel the debt!  When do we want it?  Now!”, “Drop the debt!”, and several others.


And the group turns its back on the World Bank, as we leave Murrow Park for Dupont Circle.

And the group turns its back on the World Bank, as we leave Murrow Park for Dupont Circle.


Dancing in the street.  Quite a few people would dance the entire way to Dupont Circle.


ANSWER Coalition showed up as well, with a large banner prominently displayed.

ANSWER Coalition showed up as well, with a large banner prominently displayed.


The Rude Mechanical Orchestra played music the entire way, dressed in green band uniforms.

The Rude Mechanical Orchestra played music the entire way, dressed in green band uniforms.


A masked woman wears an anti-fascist sweatshirt, while also wearing a "60 Years of Destruction" sticker.  Sis and I also wore these stickers, which were being given out at the rally site.

A masked woman wears an anti-fascist sweatshirt, while also wearing a “60 Years of Destruction” sticker.  Sis and I also wore these stickers, which were being given out at the rally site.


“Show me what democracy looks like!  This is what democracy looks like!”


This gentleman wore a bandanna and ski goggles, with "STOP POLICE BRUTALITY" written on his chest in red marker.

This gentleman wore a bandanna and ski goggles, with “STOP POLICE BRUTALITY” written on his chest in red marker.


“Whose streets?  Our streets!”


All kinds of signs were carried, and all sorts of props as well.  All attended, and all marched.

All kinds of signs were carried, and all sorts of props as well.  All attended, and all marched.


The Rude Mechanical Orchestra plays while their flag bearer dances and waves her flag through the streets.


The Rude Mechanical Orchestra's standard bearer waves her flag high, and mightily!

The Rude Mechanical Orchestra’s standard bearer waves her flag high, and mightily!


Other participants in the march waved their own banners in tune with the Rude Mechanical Orchestra’s sound.


One woman carried a flag with a large peace sign emblazoned on it.

One woman carried a flag with a large peace sign emblazoned on it.


This sign portrays the World Trade Organization (WTO) as a devil, smoking a cigarette labeled "human rights".

This sign portrays the World Trade Organization (WTO) as a devil, smoking a cigarette labeled “human rights”.


Dancing in the street, while shouting, “Drop the debt!”


A group plays flutes while marching, providing a different style of music.  They can he heard in the above movie clip.

A group plays flutes while marching, providing a different style of music.  They can he heard in the above movie clip.


The George W. Bush/skull street puppet rises high above the crowd.

The George W. Bush/skull street puppet rises high above the crowd.


As we approach Dupont Circle, the march is still full of energy!

As we approach Dupont Circle, the march is still full of energy!


“What do we want?  Cancel the debt!  When do we want it?  Now!”


The sign seen from behind in the previous movie reads, "Work for peace, dismantle capitalism".

The sign seen from behind in the previous movie reads, “Work for peace, dismantle capitalism”.


During a pause in the march, people dance in the street while the Rude Mechanical Orchestra continues to play.


A group of radical cheerleaders does a cheer in the street at Dupont Circle.

A group of radical cheerleaders does a cheer in the street at Dupont Circle.


A masked woman wears a shirt saying "Fight for the right, not for the wrong/Going there, I'm growing there/Helping the weak against the strong."

A masked woman wears a shirt saying “Fight for the right, not for the wrong/Going there, I’m growing there/Helping the weak against the strong.”

Also note the phone numbers written on her left arm, which many activists do in the event that they get into trouble, so they can still contact their support network.  At demonstrations, anything can happen, and in confrontations with police, people’s belongings can get scattered, which has happened to people at past demonstrations.


A gentleman approaches Sis asking for donations.

A gentleman approaches Sis asking for donations.

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