DC Agrees to Pay Arrested IMF Protesters $13M

By SARAH KARUSH
|  Monday, Nov 23, 2009  |  Updated 6:45 PM EDT
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DC Agrees to Pay Arrested IMF Protesters $13M

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A police officer tries to fend off protesters who were blocking a road on April 17, 2000, in Washington, D.C.

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The District of Columbia has agreed to pay protesters arrested during demonstrations nine years ago more than $13 million.

The preliminary agreement was announced Monday. It includes a maximum payment of $18,000 to each of the 680 people who were arrested at the April 2000 protests tied to meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

According to the class-action lawsuit, protesters and bystanders were trapped on all sides by police and then arrested in a calculated attempt to disrupt days of planned protests. Many people were held for hours in harsh conditions, the plaintiffs alleged.

Earlier this month, the city settled a lawsuit with eight anti-war protesters arrested in 2002, agreeing to pay $450,000.
 

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