- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 15, 2000

If Seattle was the dress rehearsal, Washington this weekend is the grand premier. Exactly of what is rather hard to say we can call it the Anti-Movement. Protesters are anti-establishment, anti-globalization, anti-international organization, anti-business, anti-population growth, anti-free trade, anti-beef, anti-the-way-things-are.

During the Vietnam War, at least folks of this mindset had a focus. But today's version of the hippie hordes seems beset by a diffuse, if seething anger. Except for the trade unions, who have found a host of news friends, what we will see in Washington tomorrow and in the coming days is the irrational meeting the bizarre. Not that this is an entirely disorganized phenomenon, of course. The Internet has turned out to be just as handy a tool for protest organizing as it is for commerce and information.

Meanwhile employees of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are wondering what on earth they have done to deserve this. Street theater is enjoying quite a revival. On Friday, two vegetarian protesters were arrested for letting the World Bank know their views in no uncertain terms, dumping a four-ton truckload of horse manure outside its headquarters. The driver of the truck that delivered the malodorous load was dressed as a cow. One protester tried to plant a sign saying "World Bank: Meat Stinks" into the pile, but was prevented by a policeman. "Stand back, this is a crime scene," the hapless representative of law and order told onlookers. All this comes courtesy of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals who else.

Elsewhere a protester dressed as a "Star Wars" character gathered a small crowd outside the White House to rail against military spending. A total of 17 people were arrested this week.

And we can probably expect many more tomorrow, when 10,000 are set to gather to demonstrate. D.C. police say they are better prepared than were their brothers in Seattle. Let's hope they are right. For those of us who live here, it will be a good day to stay home and fix the yard sans manure.

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