- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 14, 2001

Mayor Anthony A. Williams says the Bush administration is pledging its support to help the District pay for the extra police the city says it needs to control anticipated International Monetary Fund and World Bank protests.

The mayor was part of a city delegation that met with administration representatives at the White House Monday afternoon.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Democrat, said they talked about numbers and resources, and that follow-up meetings are planned in the coming days.

After the World Bank cut its meetings down to two days — Sept. 29 and 30 — the city scaled back its request for federal help to $28 million.

Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey said shortening the meeting will save about $10 million in additional equipment and police overtime, but he still expects that the increased police presence around the IMF Building, the World Bank and the White House will cost about $28 million.

Last week the international financial agencies announced they would shorten their annual fall meetings from a week to two days to minimize opportunities for police-protester violence.

"It does not make a difference to me if they meet for two days, five days or a months. That's a decision they have to make," Chief Ramsey said. "Our job is to protect them and allow them to have their meetings without disruption."

Police believe that demonstrations could be larger and more violent than those in April 2000 when officers police arrested 1,200 demonstrators. Police are expected to once again barricade numerous streets surrounding the IMF and World Bank , which are located near 19th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW and the White House.

Police are expecting greater violence because of expected retaliation for the killing of Carlo Gulinani, who was shot to death by police in Genoa, Italy, during economic meetings there.

Chief Ramsey said he has met with demonstrators in the mayor's office and would be glad to have a continued dialogue. He said there are some factions in the movement that are more violent than others.

"They should try to work with us," he said.

Some of those protest groups announced plans yesterday to sue the D.C. police, challenging attempts to close off parts of the city.

Brian Becker, co-director of the International Action Center, said the barricaded streets violate the rights of demonstrators to be heard.

"People can't come to Washington, D.C. It is a conspiracy to empty downtown Washington, D.C., so they can used hundreds of rounds of tear gas, rubber bullets and possibly live ammunition," Mr. Becker said.

He also accused police of masquerading like demonstrators to stir up violence.

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, a lawyer and a founder of Partnership for Civil Justice, said she intends to file a lawsuit within the next week against the police to prevent them from barricading streets.

She also said that the police department has not shared its plans with demonstrators so movement leaders would know beforehand if the police were planning to violate their constitutional rights. She said the police are planning to build 6-foot-high chain-link fences with Jersey barriers around the perimeters to prevent demonstrators from entering areas near the World Bank, the IMF Building and the White House.

Chief Ramsey said he has not finalized the department's plans, so he said he could not share it with them. He said he did not know what types of barricades would be used.

Chief Ramsey denied the charge that plainclothes officers provoked demonstrators to violence.

"It is unfortunate they feel this way," the chief said.

Protest organizers called the decision to shorten the meetings a victory for anti-capitalists and anti-globalism forces.

"They are recognizing this is a revolution," said Mr. Becker.

"We recognize this as growing pressure by a growing global movement," said Matt Smucker, an organizer with the Mobilization for Global Justice.

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