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Argentina Protesters Rally Peacefully in Buenos Aires - 2002-06-28


In Argentina Thursday, thousands of anti-government marchers demonstrated their anger toward the country's president but remained peaceful. They were protesting the deaths of two people as police tried to break up a riot the day before.

Thousands of protesters told President Eduardo Duhalde it is time to go. Some carried signs calling him an assassin. But on Thursday night no violence was reported as picketers filled the streets of Buenos Aires, protesting the deadly violence of a day earlier.

Some 2,000 police had been called up Thursday and came dressed in riot gear. They arrested 30 protesters who were carrying Molotov cocktails. But unlike the day before, this time they did not fire tear gas or use their batons.

For his part, President Duhalde has called for a full investigation into the deadly riot on Wednesday. Two people were killed as police attempted to break up demonstrators who were protesting the country's economic crisis. The disturbance Wednesday was the worst civil unrest since 27 people died in a December riot.

Since Mr. Duhalde took office January 1, Argentina's peso has dropped to a fraction of its previous value.

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