WASHINGTON — Thousands of mostly peaceful demonstrators kept office workers away from downtown Friday and caused moderate havoc in the city over the weekend, as attempts to blockade the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank were thwarted by a heavy police presence.

However, protests were allowed to continue throughout the city against a menu of issues ranging from the closure of a Gap contractor in El Salvador to funding for AIDS victims in the Third World. The most ruckus rally occurred Friday when about 500 people were arrested after minor incidents of property damage, the severest being two windows broken in a Citibank branch.

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