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In pictures: Mar del Plata clashes

Protesters attack police in Mar del Plata

Hundreds of demonstrators clashed with police at the opening day of the Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Protesters in Mar del Plata

They fired Molotov cocktails, threw stones and set up burning barricades, protesting against "imperialistic" policies of US President George W Bush, who is attending the summit.

A protester kicks in a window of a bank

Rioters smashed offices of dozens of businesses, seen as symbols of capitalism.

A gutted office of the Bank of Galicia in Mar del Plata

At least one branch of a bank in the seaside resort was gutted by fire.

Riot police fire tear gas

In response, riot police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters.

A policewoman arrests a protester

More than 60 people were arrested, and police later said the situation was "under control".

A peaceful rally in Mar del Plata

A much bigger anti-US demonstration - attended by thousands of people - passed off peacefully in the town.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez addresses a rally in Mar del Plata

Addressing the rally, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez denounced a free trade agenda championed by Mr Bush and urged the participants to "defeat imperialism".




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