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The BBC's Helen Callaghan
"In what's become a familiar pattern the violence built up steadily"
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Monday, 2 July, 2001, 13:40 GMT 14:40 UK
Salzburg expels protesters
Riot police and protesters in Salzburg
Protesters blamed police for escalating the situation
Four hundred people have been removed from the Austrian city of Salzburg after violent clashes erupted between police and anti-globalisation protesters on Sunday.

Thirteen people were arrested following the protests and at least three police officers and one demonstrator were injured in the clashes.

Around 1,000 people are estimated to have descended on Salzburg to protest at the economic summit taking place there.

The police drafted in at least 4,000 reinforcements in anticipation of trouble after the EU summit in the Swedish city of Gothenburg was overwhelmed by protesters last month.

Police blamed

Authorities in Salzburg organised special trains late on Sunday to remove a hard core of 400 demonstrators from the city.

Injured police officer
At least three police officers were injured
They were taken to the capital, Vienna, and to Germany and Switzerland.

The protests began peacefully outside the train station on Sunday afternoon but violence broke out when a small group tried to enter the city centre where protests had been banned.

Demonstrators threw bottles, stones and bricks - police retaliated with batons.

The protesters accused the police of having escalated the situation, saying that they had not wanted the situation to turn violent.

Salzburg's mayor, Heinz Schaden, negotiated between the two sides to defuse the situation.

The summit, organised by the World Economic Forum (WEF), is being attended by heads of state and government from some 15 countries, as well as government ministers and hundreds of business leaders.

European Commissioner for Enlargement Guenter Verheugen opened the summit on Sunday with a call to push ahead with plans to expand the European Union.

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