April 25th, 2009
12:30 PM ET
9 years ago

Protesters clash with police outside IMF meetings


Protesters clash with police officers at a rally around the IMF and World Bank in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. Photo credit: CNN.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Protesters clashed with police Saturday during a rally aimed at disrupting the International Monetary Fund and World Bank spring meetings.

Protesters assembled at various rallying points throughout Washington before converging in Franklin Square, a few blocks from the White House. A group of more than 100 protestors then marched to the IMF building chanting, "Down with the IMF, down with the World Bank, down with capitalism."

The marchers circled the IMF and World Bank buildings before attempting to turn onto Pennsylvania Avenue, which had been barricaded by police.

A shoving match ensued between protesters and police. One police officer fell to the ground shortly before pepper spray was released into the crowd. According to Cmdr. James Crane of the city's police department, one officer was injured in the scuffle, which occurred after protesters failed to follow police direction and move onto the sidewalk.

One protester was taken from the scene in an ambulance, and one police officer sustained minor injuries.

Earlier Saturday morning, six people were arrested in connection with the vandalism of two banks. Crane said the suspects were believed to be possibly connected to the IMF protest groups.

Filed under: World Bank
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Jason

    cops should be illegal

    April 25, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. david


    bipartisan protest against huge government deficit = peaceful

    typical leftist protest against anything not extreme left = violent.

    April 25, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. stewart

    now this is a great example of the hostility Liberals bring to the table with their protest. You didn't see any of this garbage at the tea parties.

    April 25, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. "capitalism = good, communism = bad"

    that just about sums up our so-called "education",

    though few can articulate what they are.

    April 25, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. Gordon

    These protesters don't understand that if they don't like what is happening, they are free to leave the country. Move to somewhere that has policies that fit your ideals, because you are in the EXTREME minority here.

    April 25, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. joseph

    i bet if these professional protesters actually had jobs and paid taxes, they wouldnt be chanting "down with capitalism", socialism doesn't work, it never has. More so, if it wasnt transparent economic practices and the willingness of the United States to lend to and assist developing countries, there would be no improvement in living standards and an opportunity to work for a living wage by the populous in the "south" countries....South as in developing nations, not south of the united states, kids. These professional protesters are quite entertaining and scary at the same time, ignorance in large quantities is both contagious and dangerous.

    April 25, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Patriot

    "Down with capitalism".........how right they are!

    April 25, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Capt. SNarKy

    Must be because of President Bush. Only reason I can think of that people would be protesting......

    April 25, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. al+

    What a way to spend a beautiful saturday morning. IDIOTS!

    April 25, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Dave

    Quite a stark contrast in comparison to the Tea Party protests...

    April 25, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. S Callahan

    it surprises me there were only a group of 100...

    April 25, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Mobius

    Small article considering what's actually going on in Downtown DC today, folks. Seek additional resources for this downplayed version.

    April 25, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Ethan

    Nice to see how they hide behind those masks. Seems as though they are afraid of releasing their identity and associated with violent protests and socialism and communism.

    April 25, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    If you don't like our form of Government you can always leave. Please do.

    April 25, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. John

    The middle class of america need to mass and march on washington and throw out all the bums in government in dc.Giving all the bailouts to all the bank,gm,aig,and all you give me obama is 8 dollars more a week,you need to go too

    April 25, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. deadphotomac

    They should get a job.

    April 25, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Dave C - NJ

    Hey I'm all for Capitalism!!! If anyone finds any, let me know!

    April 25, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. Sovereign Citizen

    How about END the FED!!

    Remember, capitalism isn't evil, ONLY those "Masters of the Universe" who use the IMF, World Bank, BIS, and other international institutions that violate the Constitution and its limits on government authority.

    Individualism NOT Collectivism!!!! Liberty above LAW & ORDER!!

    Research, research and do more research for the TRUTH!!

    April 25, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. Patrick

    I think that capitalism isn't a perfect system, but there is not an alternative to it.

    April 25, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Jimmy

    These people should be sent to gitmo and waterboarded.

    April 25, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. rusty

    What do these people hope to accomplish?

    April 25, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. Maciej

    We caused more trouble then that at NYU last month, how come we didn't get on CNN?

    April 25, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Protestors all over the world are getting very tired of the way the World Bank, WTO, and IMF all work to make the filthy rich even richer at the expense of the world's poor and developing countries. Those three organizations are merely blackmailing bullies and should be restructured or shut down altogether.

    April 25, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. Shawn

    Those are not protesters, those are criminals. Protesters don't show up in black masks and carrying sticks. Throw em all in jail.

    April 25, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Mark

    Just typical protesters, the same faces at the same summits and conferences...when they arent protesting they are back bemaoning the existence of the Illuminati or god knows whatever else it is that they loathe. it is reaching the point where they arent even newsworthy.

    April 25, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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