In 1999 the world was introduced to a protest movement waged against the ever growing trend of “Globalization.” With over a hundred countries sending delegates to the World Trade Organization (WTO) conference in Seattle, Washington, 50,000 international protesters, representing an array of issues from "save the whales” to unethical work conditions in third world countries, convened in attempts to disrupt the meetings and influence policy decisions. This anti-globalization movement again resurfaced months later in Washington D.C. during the International Monetary Fund (IMF) meetings. In both instances small segments of the protesters destroyed public and private property while police reacted indiscriminately. Tear gas, mace, and rubber bullets were among the many devices used to quell the flare-ups that ensued.