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The BBC's Paul Reynolds
"The stun grenades were fired without warning"
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Thursday, 2 December, 1999, 04:58 GMT
In pictures: Day two of Seattle clashes

Confrontations between police and demonstrators continued in Seattle on Wednesday, as the World Trade Organisation summit got down to business. There was less violence than on Tuesday, but there were more arrests.



Peaceful demonstrators were welcome in Seattle, said Mr Clinton. Their protest was "in the best American tradition".



Many were arrested nonetheless after entering an area police had designated a no-protest zone. About 300 had been detained by the end of the day.



The demonstrators - anarchists, environmentalists, and trade unionists - are protesting for different reasons. Some are concerned about the possible exploitation of workers in Third World "sweat shops".



National guardsman joined police in barring protestors from downtown areas. Shops damaged during the first day of protest had already been boarded up.



As on Tuesday, police resorted to firing rubber bullets and tear gas during some clashes with protestors.



The mayor of Seattle, Paul Schell, made it illegal to wear a gas mask. For those overcome by teargas, the only remedy on hand was a bottle of water
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