Police Break Up Anti-IMF Protest In Istanbul

Turkish police have used water cannons and pepper spray to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who are protesting against the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund held in Istanbul.

Some masked protesters shattered the windows of a McDonald's restaurant and banks as they ran into the streets behind Istanbul's Taksim square, which is less than a kilometer (half a mile) from the venue of the IMF meeting.

Several shop owners shuttered their shops along the famous tourist route of Istiklal Street on Tuesday.

Last week, a student journalist hurled a shoe at IMF Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn as the finance official answered questions at a university in Istanbul. The shoe missed its target.