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Saturday, 21 April, 2001, 07:15 GMT 08:15 UK
In pictures: Quebec clashes
Confrontations between police and protesters in Quebec City delayed the start of the Summit of the Americas, where leaders are hoping to boost plans for a free trade area throughout the hemisphere.


Thousands of protesters gathered in Quebec, opposed to a summit aimed at promoting a free trade area in the Americas.
Thousands of protesters gathered in Quebec, opposed to the summit.

Some 300 yards away from where the leaders were supposed to gather, protesters broke through the 10 foot-high fence.
Close to where the leaders were supposed to gather, protesters broke through the 10 foot-high fence.

Riot police responded with tear gas and baton charges.
As tempers flared, riot police responded with tear gas and baton charges.

Protesters hurled back firebombs, teargas cannisters and insults.
Protesters hurled back firebombs, teargas cannisters and insults.

President Bush was flown in above protests, which delayed the start of the summit by over an hour.
President Bush was flown in above protests, which delayed the start of the summit by over an hour.

Opening the summit, Canada's Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, blamed the violence on what he called a small group of extremists.
Opening the summit, Canada's Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, blamed the violence on a small group of extremists.

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