Mindanao Times

Protesters vs G-7 tear gassed


FRENCH police used tear gas and water cannon to break up anti-G7 protesters in the southern city of Bayonne on Saturday, as leaders from the world’s leading industrial­ised nations arrived for their summit just a few kilometres away in Biarritz.

Since Monday, anticapita­list activists, environmen­talists and other anti-globalisat­ion groups have been flocking to a counter-summit in southweste­rn France that organisers insisted would be peaceful.

More than 9,000 antiG7 protesters took part in the largest protest on Saturday -- a mass march over a bridge linking France and Spain that took place without incident.

However the atmosphere was more hostile in Bayonne, where hundreds of protesters chanting anticapita­list slogans did not seem to follow a route, instead wandering the streets trying to find a way into the city centre.

However the police, who were deployed en masse in the city, put up a barricade blocking their path.

The protesters tried to get through the barricade and police faced them down for more than an hour, according to AFP journalist­s.

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