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Protest against the IMF and World Bank.

Street theatre in Trafalgar Street, Nelson commencing mid-day on Tuesday 18th April starting from Wakatu Sq. and going up Trafalgar St.

It is intended to have a structure with "FAT CATS" at the top being supported by the "IMF and World Bank" and carried by "SLAVES".

The Protest Action is timed to support the Washington D.C. Mobilisation on the 16th-17th April.

A powerful world-wide movement for human rights and fair trade had its coming-out party at the WTO meetings in Seattle. A range of forces who value human and ecological dignity over corporate profits and trickle-down economics came together there. This movement is challenging one of the most insidious tools of unaccountable profit-driven rule, the World Trade Organization, and scored an important series of victories against daunting odds.

Washington DC is the very heart of political and institutional control over the global economy where the US Treasury, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank are located. Along with the WTO they are the chief instruments used by political and corporate elites to create today’s unjust, destructive global economic order. The World Bank and the IMF have been quietly writing the rules that keep the world safe for multinational corporations while economically depriving billions around the world.

The finance ministers and international bureaucrats who shape the world economy to make the rich richer and the poor poorer need to know that Seattle was not just a bump on their road to global domination. What was asserted at the WTO must be repeated to the rulers of the global economy. We must make clear, again, that the peoples’ movements of the world, will not stand idly by while the ruling elite continue to impoverish and oppress the majority of the world’s peoples & ravage the earth’s environment & resources while enriching themselves & their corporations.

Activists everywhere must insist - firmly and consistently, until the system is transformed - that decisions about the fate of the planet and its peoples must not be made behind closed doors.

The IMF and World Bank are in many ways the "parents" of the WTO; they operate together to preserve corporate power and constrain the rights and opportunities of the majority of the world’s people. Because of that, many of the groups that helped organize the victories in Seattle are involved in the protest action, education, training, and direct action planned to culminate with a huge non-violent protest at the World Bank and IMF in Washington on the 16-17th April.

Participants will include representatives from St Johns Methodist Church, Proutist Universal, Nelson Action Group, BUWT.

Further information: Bruce Dyer: 03 548 7284 Joe Rificci: 03 546 6871

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