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(en) Thailand, Bangkok, IMF Chief Michel Camdessus sees "Pie"-light

From whispered media <whisper@energy-net.org>
Date Mon, 14 Feb 2000 10:18:58 -0500


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IMF CHIEF CALLS FOR END OF POVERTY AFTER PIE IN THE FACE

The managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF),
Michel Camdessus, has called for fresh efforts to eliminate
poverty.

Mr Camdessus told a conference of developing nations in the Thai
capital, Bangkok, that the growing gap between rich and poor was
morally outrageous.

Mr Camdessus said poverty was the greatest concern of our time,
adding the widening gaps between the most affluent and most
impoverished nations were morally outrageous, economically
wasteful and potentially socially explosive.

But there have been wide-ranging critics of the IMF's policies
in the rescue of the Asian economies in the past two years.

Pie

Earlier, Mr Camdessus became the latest victim of a notorious
pie-throwing protest group, after a lone demonstrator landed a
pastry on his face at the talks.

He joins Microsoft boss Bill Gates, former World Trade
Organisation (WTO) leader Renato Ruggiero and film director
Jean-Luc Godard as embarrassed victims of Patissiers sans
Frontieres (Bakers without Borders - PSF).

Mr Camdessus, who was about to deliver his last major address
as IMF managing director before retiring on Monday, was targeted
by the self-styled "pastry commandos" as he arrived at the venue
hosting the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
(UNCTAD).

As he approached the lectern, the protester walked up casually
to within arm's length of the IMF chief and unleashed the pie.

Security personnel quickly moved to surround Mr Camdessus, who
appeared shocked by the attack.

The protestor, US national Robert Naiman, was later released by
police after the UN declined to press charges.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan later said the attack was "a bit
rude" adding Mr Camdessus and the IMF had "done a lot for the
international system".

PSF says the pie-throwing is designed to poke fun at prominent
figures and those who are judged to take the public creamings
with good humour are never bothered again.

Security

UNCTAD's Thai hosts have erected a massive security curtain around
the meeting, anxious to prevent a repeat of the violence at WTO
talks in Seattle last year and at the World Economic Forum in
Davos last month.

However, 1,000 activists marched on the conference Saturday,
calling for radical changes to the global financial system,
which they say keeps much of the world locked in poverty.

UNCTAD, which has earned a reputation as an advocate of
developing nations, is attended by many delegates hostile to the
role of world financial bodies.

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THE IMAGE OF MICHEL CAMDESSEUS WITH PIE
http://www.abc.net.au/news/imageLibrary/00/02/13/g000213imf_pieface.jpg

ABC story / reprinted above . . .
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2000/02/item20000213190425_1.htm

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