Rain Falls on IMF Protestors' Parade
July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM
(CNSNews.com) - Heavy rain during the morning rush hour put a damper on planned protests near the International Monetary Fund and World Bank headquarters in Washington, as significantly lower than expected crowds showed up to demonstrate outside meetings scheduled by the two organizations on Monday morning. "We're looking very good. God saves the best till last and a little rain today certainly doesn't hurt," Washington Police Chief Charles Ramsey said on CBS this morning. However, the demonstrators still managed to disrupt the nation's capital as federal, non-essential workers at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the State, Treasury, Commerce and Interior departments, the White House, and other key agencies were given an unexpected day off at the recommendation of federal and local law-enforcement officials in order to avoid the area near the World Bank. Traffic in and out of Washington was heavy in the morning as commuters searched for routes around and away from the downtown area where the demonstrations are being held. "I think that people can just about bank on having traffic congestion like they have not seen here," Ramsey said. On Sunday, protestors claimed to have had 20,000 demonstrators on hand, but police estimates put the turnout at closer to 10,000 people. About 600 demonstrators were arrested on Saturday, and about 30 protestors have been arrested Monday morning.