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Prague, 26th September 2000

Environmental and debt reduction groups denounce violence in Prague today, call for dialogue

International environmental and debt reduction networks denounce the violent clashes that took place today in Prague between radical groups and Czech police forces.

The organizers of the Public Discussion Forum "A Different Message", CEE Bankwatch Network, Friends of the Earth International and Jubilee 2000, support the thousands of peaceful protesters today, who delivered a clear message to the IMF and World Bank that time has come for the institutions to change.

At the same time, they condemn that some groups abused the protests to engage themselves in violent confrontations with the police. The organisations think that such actions undermine the efforts to advocate positive changes within the institutions.

The organisers of the Public Forum invite everyone who wishes to learn about the critique on the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund policies and practices, to attend the closing session of the Forum. There, representatives of NGOs will engage in a discussion with vice-presidents of the IMF and the World Bank on the future role of the institutions.

Time and location of the forum: Wednesday 27th, 10-13 h, Evangelic Salvator`s church, Salvatorska street, Prague 1.

More information:
Johan Frijns, Friends of the Earth International, cell ++31 20 6221369
Petr Hlobil, CEE Bankwatch Network, cell ++ 420 (0)603 15 43 49
Tomas Tozicka, Jubilee 2000, cell ++ 420 (0)603 866 054

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