Since Seattle, economic conferences have never been the same. Following the Washington, D.C., demo against the IMF and World Bank, Europeans mobilized 12,000 activists on September 26. The anticipation of conflict sparked international surveillance and numerous protesters were stopped at the border of the Czech Republic. Most confrontations were nonviolent, but riots erupted in isolated pockets of the demonstration. More than 800 protesters were detained in prison, and 100 people were injured, among them police and bankers. The finance ministers cut short their meetings. — Lenora Todaro