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Innovative protest planned outside the Bank tomorrow. (Update 2). A friendly person inside the Bank has just let me know that there's to be another historical first for the world bank staff: a joint protest with activists outside their own institution!

The message reads "World Bank Staff and NGOs will demonstrate tomorrow - calling on Wolfowitz to resign - at 3:00 PM in front of the bank's headquarters in Washington DC" (not 11:00 AM as some have rumoured). Permits have been obtained. Now all that is needed are some placards and chants. Happy to post readers' suggestions here tomorrow morning. Send to contact@worldbankpresident.org with 'demonstration ideas' in subject line.

We'll get some photos and other insights on this up tomorrow, too, once the protest has happenned.

UPDATE 1. 14 April, 10.00 EST.

WB staff association has cancelled this protest. Either due to pressure applied, or something else. Not clear.

UPDATE 2. 15 April, 13.30 EST.

The World Bank Staff Association have sent their memo clarifying that they never planned an official protest. Read it in full below. Note that the idea of an official SA protest is not ruled out. Just not 'at this time'.

"Staff Association Update

April 13, 2007

Dear Colleagues,

There is a false rumor that the Staff Association is organizing a demonstration tomorrow (Saturday) at 3:00 p.m. We would like to clarify that the Staff Association is NOT organizing a protest at this time.

We have called upon the President and the Board to safeguard the integrity and effectiveness of this
institution. The Board has issued the conclusions of its investigation and we ask that staff give them time and space to consider the implications.

The Staff Association will keep staff informed as events unfold.

Alison Cave
Chair, Staff Association

Alex Wilks ~ April 13, 2007

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