Ministers Support Protesters

14 June 2000

Leaders attending the G77 meeting of developing countries in Cuba in April, also lent their support to the protests in Washington against the IMF and World Bank.

The G77 spokesperson, Arthur Mbanefo, is reported to have commented that “many countries have rejected the results of various policy initiatives of the World Bank and IMF,” and added, “we are very supportive of demonstrations that could forcefully handle those concerns.”

South African President Thabo Mbeki said, “We believe consciousness is rising, including in the north, about the inequality and insecurity globalization has brought about the plight of the poor countries.” He added that the protests against the WTO, World Bank and IMF were a sign of “a changing atmosphere which a more coherent Third World voice can take advantage of.”