IMF protests attract Blair students


Sept. 27, 2002, midnight | By Nora Toiv | 18 years, 4 months ago


Today's protests in Washington D.C. targeting the International Monetary Fund (IMF) attracted a group of Blair student activists.

According to CNN, there have been around 500 arrests at the protests, as of noon. The protestors are demonstrating against "unfair IMF policies that benefit wealthier nations at the expense of developing nations."

The IMF was established to "promote international monetary cooperation, exchange stability, and orderly exchange arrangements; to foster economic growth and high levels of employment; and to provide temporary financial assistance to countries to help ease balance of payments adjustment."

Senior Spencer Lee and a group of Blair students are protesting. Most of the students who are attending are involved with Blair's Students for Global Responsibility.

According to the Washington Post, the first incident of the day involved 25 people sitting down in the middle of the intersection of 14th street and Independence Ave., four chained together. After being asked to move, they were arrested for failing to obey police order.

The non-violent Members of Anti-Capitalist Convergence loosely organized the protests but a lot of independent groups protested as well.

According to CNN, There are around 1,500 D.C. police officers combating the protestors with assistance from 1,700 other officers from around the area, including officers from Montgomery County.



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