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(en) Czech, Prague, S26, IMC reporter inside the IMF/WB congress center reports on panic among delegates

From "jason" <jza@magicnet.net>
Date Wed, 27 Sep 2000 12:31:12 -0400

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> http://prague.indymedia.org/display.php?article_id=970

IMC reporter inside the IMF/WB congress center reports on panic among
delegates (english) 
by anonymous 1:04pm Tue Sep 26 '00 

An IMC reporter with "official" IMF/World Bank press credentials reports
from inside the restricted zone at around 16:30 pm, when demonstrators
almost forced their way inside the doors of the Congress building, that
officials and delegates were "panic stricken" as rocks flew toward police
and over the head of people in suits. One officer was hit in the head and a
different officer threw a rock that hit a demonstrator in the stomach.
Rocks also hit a CNN automobile, according to a CNN employee in the
Congress elevator. The virtual infiltration finally ended when police used
tear gas to clear the crowd of activists, but the panic inside the
restricted zone lasted well into the evening. Delegates filed into the
subway just after sun down. The reporter believes that with a bit more
coordination and some gas masks critics of globalization could have stormed
the meetings.


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