July 7, 2005

Police surround G8 protest site after clashes

GLENEAGLES, Scotland (Reuters) - British police surrounded
a G8 protest campsite on Thursday after a day of sometimes
violent confrontation around the summit of the Group of Eight
industrial nations. Officers said they had thrown a security
cordon around the campsite in the town of Stirling, 32 km (20
miles) south of Gleneagles, to protect public safety. They were
allowing protesters to come and go as long as they submitted to
body searches. They said everything was quiet. But protesters,
who say there are upwards of 3,000 people inside the camp,
insisted they were being kept in.

Police said they made 91 arrests on Wednesday and seized
several weapons including an axe, a machete and an high powered
catapult with ball-bearing ammunition.

Eight police officers were injured in the clashes, but none

The leaders of the G8 are meeting amid tight security at
the Gleneagles hotel golf resort, 64 km (40 miles) northwest of
Edinburgh, to tackle African poverty and global warming. They
are expected to make an announcement on global warming later on
Thursday and to wrap up the summit on Friday afternoon.