Protests descend on GW this weekend

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund will hold another round of meetings near GW campus this Saturday through Monday and about 3,000 protesters are expected to demonstrate outside the meetings, Director of Media Relations Gretchen King said.

The meeting will host twice the number of delegates who participated in last April’s turbulent summit, but city officials do not expect as many protesters or traffic disruptions as last year, according to a letter from GW to the community.

Last year’s meeting drew 10,000 protesters, but only 3,000 people applied for a D.C. permit to protest this year, Director of Media Relations Gretchen King said.

The University will remain open for classes and activities all weekend, but the status is subject to change on short notice, according to the letter.

The city will close 19th street between G and H streets to car traffic from Friday night through Monday night. Police will barricade areas from 17th to 21st streets and F to I streets. The Mount Vernon Campus shuttle bus pick-up point will move to the Hall on Virginia Avenue from 7 p.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Tuesday.

-Katie Warchut

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