On the 17th of April, as the Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank got underway, a “clown bloc” showed up asking delegates if they would answer on camera “what is the difference between austerity and poverty?” Not one would answer this on the record. Seeking answers the Clown Bloc moved on to the IMF’s “infoshop” bookstore, which is open to the public or supposed to be. Security guards aggressively kept them out, this was repeated when some of the clown tried to enter the World Bank seeking the same answer.
Many of the protesters in Frankfurt, Germany at the opening of the European Central Bank were also dressed as clowns. Of course, the real clowns were at the circus inside the Spring Meetings, not outside asking the questions!
Solidarity at the IMF/G20 with Australia’s United Voice union
Clowns under the big tent seeking the big answer: “What is the difference between austerity and poverty?”
What a strange “Infoshop!” Most Infoshops are anarchist bookstores where activists would be welcome not only in clown gear but also in black masks
Security doesn’t like it when the clowns try to get into the World Bank’s annual Spring Circus!