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Swiss Police Clash with Protesters at Davos Economic Meeting


Protesters upset about the handling of the global economic crisis are clashing with police in Switzerland.

Police say groups of demonstrators marched through the Alpine ski resort town of Davos Saturday, some throwing objects at security barriers erected to protect leaders who are meeting at the World Economic Forum.

Other protesters carried signs or chanted, blaming officials for the crisis.

In Geneva, hundreds of protesters took to the streets in defiance of a government ban.

Officials say the crowd pelted police with bottles when their route to the center was blocked, forcing police to repel the crowd with tear gas and water cannons.

One official says 60 people were detained, though some have been released.

The World Economic Forum has administrative offices near Geneva. The city is often a targeted by protesters as a symbol of capitalism.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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