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* Police, protesters clash in Pittsburgh at G20 meeting
* Police fire gas at protesters
PITTSBURGH, Sept 24 Police used gas to disperse
protesters at the Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh on Thursday
as about 2,000 people marched despite warnings that force would
be used to break up the demonstration.
Leaders of 19 leading developed and developing economies
and the European Union meet on Thursday and Friday for a G20
gathering to discuss how to improve financial reforms to avoid
another global economic crisis.
"You must leave the immediate vicinity regardless of your
purpose," police told protesters over bullhorns about an hour
into the march.
Police then cautioned that tear gas and other "non-lethal
force" would be deployed.
With protesters sent down various streets by police, the
two sides eventually clashed in Lawrenceville, about a mile
(1.6 km) from where the G20 talks were taking place.
Protesters threw bottles and police responded by sending
five to 10 canisters into the crowd. The sharp smell of the gas
irritated the eyes and throats of protesters, causing them to
(Writing by Mark Egan; Reporting by Michelle Nichols and
Jonathan Barnes; Editing by John O'Callaghan)