WASHINGTON (AP) -- Protesters opposed to capitalism and war plan to disrupt traffic in the nation's capital on Friday in a series of demonstrations intended to shut down the city.
Police are preparing for the worst. U.S. Park Police officers practiced crowd control maneuvers Wednesday, including drills on removing people who obstruct roads and buildings -- things protesters are threatening.
The expected protests are a prelude to even larger demonstrations planned for the weekend during meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
The Anti-Capitalist Convergence, a group that wants to abolish those global financial institutions, said Wednesday it would hold several nonviolent demonstrations early Friday. The events include a mass bike ride to protest the Bush administration's environmental policies and a march opposing "corporate greed" that will target the headquarters of various companies.
The demonstrators said they do not have permits for these events.
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