Left-wing demonstrators protesting against "International Capitalism" rioted outside the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen on Tuesday night ( 22 September ) when delegates to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund conference went to a gala performance of the ballet "Swan Lake".
MV exterior Royal Theatre, Copenhagen
MCU guest arriving
MCU guests hit by stones
MLV motorcycle police down street
MCU guests arriving at theatre holding cloths to head
MV guests arriving PAN to fire bomb exploding in street
MLV police car arriving
MLV firebomb exploding ( 3 shot )
MV exterior theatre
MV firebomb exploding by police van
MV police out of van
MLV police round firebomb
MV police moving crowd outside theatre
MCU police moving past lighted window
MLV crowd running down street
MCU police chasing crowd PAN to girl on ground
MCU police arresting youth (3 shots )
MLV police arriving on motor cycles
MCU police carrying away demonstrator
MV diplomat's car damaged ( 2 shots )
MCU burnt out motor cycles (2 shots )
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Background: Left-wing demonstrators protesting against "International Capitalism" rioted outside the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen on Tuesday night ( 22 September ) when delegates to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund conference went to a gala performance of the ballet "Swan Lake". Firebombs were exploded and several guests were injured.
When the guests arrived at the theatre the young demonstrators greeted them with stones and nuts and bolts fired from catapults. Several guests were hurt but only one required hospital treatment. Two police motor cycles were burnt and there was much damage to cars and property in the vicinity.
Several hundred of the protestors were said by Danish Police to have travelled from Sweden. They chanted "Ho, ho, ho-chi-minh" during the riot.
The demonstrators claim that the World Bank is a "tool of capitalism". They are particularly vehement against its president, Mr. Robert McNamara, who is a former U.S. Defence Secretary.
Mr. McNamara called for greater aid for the developing countries when he addressed the 3,000 delegates from 112 countries at the conference's opening on Monday.