Not so long ago, the annual meeting of the International
Monetary Fund and the World Bank might have gone unnoticed by the
general public - just a bunch of champagne-drunk economists prattling
on about arcane currency theories and deciding the financial fate
of the developing world.
But that was before Seattle, when the anti-globalization
movement was born among angry sea turtles and clouds of tear gas.
The raucous events at the World Trade Organization meeting last
November set off a wave of protests from Argentina to
A woman carries a puppet of World Bank
President James Wolfensohn at the April 16 protests against the
Taiwan to Washington. Now the IMF/World Bank annual meeting, set for
September 21 to 28 in Prague, is being billed by some protest organizers
as "the next Seattle.
The Internet is buzzing with exhortations for mass
protests in Prague, drawing the participation of a sprawling galaxy
of groups, including labor unions, Zapatistas, Tibetan monks and
Maori tribes. Several Eastern European organizations, including
INPEG, a coalition of Earth First!ers and peaceful anarchists, and
Central and Eastern European Bankwatch, a watchdog group against
global usury, are spearheading the coalition.
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