Anti-Bush Protesters Battle Police At Chile Summit

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Anti-Bush Protesters Battle Police at Chile Summit

By Jason Webb

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Hooded anti-American marchers protesting an Asia-Pacific summit in Chile on Friday hurled Molotov cocktails and stones at police who retaliated with water cannons and tear gas.

large march against the weekend meeting of 21 leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (news - web sites) forum turned violent when a few dozen youths broke away from the main group to attack police.

About 100 people were arrested and four were injured, police said.

President Bush (news - web sites) arrived late on Friday for a visit that has been a lightning rod for protests.

Tens of thousands of people streamed through central Santiago carrying banners and chanting slogans against the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq (news - web sites), including "Fascist Bush is a terrorist."


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