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Posted at 5:11 PM ET, 04/24/2010

Several arrested in IMF protests

By Washington Post editors

UPDATE:

Eight people protesting the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meeting in the District were arrested early Saturday in the lobby of the Washington Court Hotel in Washington Circle.

Six people were charged with misdemeanor unlawful entry, one with felony assault of a police officer, and one with failure to disperse, said Lt. Nicholas Breul, a D.C. Police spokesman. Those arrested included three women and five men, Breul said.

One of those arrested, Lacy MacAuley, said the man accused of assault had been trying to pull an officer away from another protester.

Six of the protesters were given court dates in May and released Saturday morning, MacAuley said, while two were expected to have arraignments later Saturday, she said.

— David Montgomery

IMF protesters arrested in D.C.
1:58 p.m.

Eight people have been arrested while protesting the spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Washington.

D.C. police say the protesters were arrested early Saturday at the Washington Circle Hotel. One was charged with felony assault of a police officer, one was charged with failure to disperse and six were charged with unlawful entry.

The protesters call themselves “anti-capitalists” and are holding a series of events this weekend to call attention to the IMF and the World Bank’s global monetary policies.

Organizer Lacy MacAuley says the protesters entered the hotel just after 1 a.m. and began chanting “Down with the IMF, down with the World Bank.” She says police rounded them up and handcuffed them.

--The Associated Press

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By Washington Post editors  | April 24, 2010; 5:11 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  International Monetary Fund, Washington D.C., World Bank  
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Comments

Bust'em in the head a few times and then ship'em off to Cuba.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | April 24, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"Failure to disburse" means failure to distribute funds. An ironic charge regarding a protest of the International Monetary Fund... but not what was intended, I'm sure. The correct term is "failure to DISPERSE". Editing, anyone...??

Posted by: nan_lynn | April 24, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Stupid hippies. Move to your commie paradise in North Korea.

Posted by: tarded2much | April 24, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

This is consistent with previous behavior of these petulant children.

Posted by: HughJassPhD | April 24, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Is there some reason they can't just protest peacefully? Or do they think this helps their cause?

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | April 24, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

RE my earlier comment: Thanks for paying attention and making the correction.

Posted by: nan_lynn | April 24, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I thought that the only violent protests were those of the Tea Party. Reality intrudes!

Posted by: WashingtonDame | April 24, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Of course, these idiots will file a lawsuit against DC claiming their rights were violated. I hope the cops got a few good licks in while they had a chance.

Posted by: PepperDr | April 24, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Why are they here ARE WE BAILING THEM OUT TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: yourmomscalling | April 24, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Compare and contrast Leftist protester behavior with the TEA Party folks.

Posted by: Etek | April 24, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

These dimwits are the same type of anarchist morons that repeatedly show up for any protest, just to cause a problem.

Posted by: madmike272 | April 24, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Why are they disrupting a hotel lobby? What wackos.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | April 25, 2010 5:50 AM | Report abuse

Funny, I can't seem to recall a single "tea bagger" as dizzy leftists like to refer to them, being arrested. Amazing..

Posted by: wewintheylose | April 25, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Why were these people disrupting a hotel lobby blocks away from the World Bank and IMF buildings? There are no large number of members of these institutions that live in this hotel so wahat was the point? It seems that for some of these protestors getting arrested is like going to the beach in the summer. It something they can tell their friends.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | April 25, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

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