DC area girds for traffic snarls, protesters

| 9/27/2002

Maryland and Virginia state police will have extra troopers on duty around the Washington, DC, metropolitan area Sept. 27, some major streets will be closed. Washington, DC, Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey is advising drivers to stay off DC streets and disruptions are expected on the Capital Beltway during the weekend, the Washington Post reports.

The reason: Up to 20,000 demonstrators are expected to protest capitalism and cluster around businesses near the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in the northwest section of the city.

Activity is expected into the weekend as The World Bank and IMF hold annual meetings at the institutions' Foggy Bottom headquarters in the Georgetown section of the city.

Several protests are planned, some more disruptive than others. Authorities expect the most trouble Friday, when organizers will encourage activists to block downtown intersections, slow traffic on the Capital Beltway and hold protests at specific government and corporate offices.

Police are advising businesses around the IMF and World Bank buildings to reschedule deliveries and remove garbage cans. They also say construction sites should be secured and people working nearby should carry business-issued identification.