Anti-IMF and World Bank protests taking place in Istanbul, Turkey this week have heightened as police armed with shields, fired tear gas canisters and rushed to disperse protesters in Taksim Square. The protesters where only a few hundred meters from the IMF-World Bank meetings. “Long live freedom. IMF, get out of our city,” protesters chanted.
Meanwhile anti-capitalists trashed banks and fought back against the police using petrol bombs and sling shots. It is though that one man may have died due to cardiac arrest after being exposed to large amounts of crowd control gasses.
At least 100 arrests have been made.
The meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank are well known for attracting counter protest in part due to their role in enforcing global free market capitalism.