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Police And Protesters Clash Near G-8 Summit

6 July 2005 -- Riot police clashed with protesters today near the Scottish venue of Gleneagles after a demonstration against Group of Eight (G-8) leaders ended in chaos.

Around 100 officers in full riot gear tried to drive protesters away from a security fence surrounding the Gleaneagles hotel, where U.S. President George W. Bush and his G-8 counterparts were due to meet.

Demonstrators scattered across an oat field when the police charged. A handful threw stones and clods of earth at the police.

Police said they made a handful of arrests, taking to 100 the total number of those detained in the area during skirmishes over the past 24 hours. They estimated there were between 5,000 and 6,000 people on the march.

Earlier today, in the nearby town of Stirling, a handful of hooded protesters broke car windows, threw bricks and clashed with riot police.

The leaders of the world's wealthiest countries are set to hold informal talks tonight, with the official summit work scheduled for tomorrow and 8 July.