World Bank-IMF Meetings Proceed as Planned

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

Washington ( - The downtown section of the nation's capital is largely devoid of workers and tourists on Monday as protestors continue to be arrested in front of the Washington, DC headquarters of the World Bank.

Cold rainy weather has limited the crowd to approximately 800 to 1,000 people who are operating in small cells of about 50 protestors throughout the downtown area.

However, one media facilitator for the protestors told they are "determined as ever to shut down these meetings."

Police spokesmen indicated to that at least 30 people have been arrested by 9:30 EDT a.m. on Monday, and unconfirmed police reports indicate that explosive incendiary devices known as Molotov cocktails were found among some of the arrestees.

Police have cordoned off the entire downtown area, and the DC and federal governments have given their workers in the area liberal leave privileges. Most private businesses in the area are closed.

A World Bank spokesperson told reporters early Monday morning that the IMF and World Bank meetings continue and that progress is satisfactory.