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Summit of the Americas Enters Second Day


President Bush and other leaders at the Summit of the Americas in Argentina hold a second day of talks Saturday, on a range of regional economic issues, following an opening session marred by violent street protests.

Debate during the final day of the summit in Mar del Plata is expected to focus on whether to revive talks on a hemispheric-wide free trade bloc. The Free Trade Area of the Americas has been at the center of U.S. policy in the region. But several large Latin American economies - including Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela - have opposed it.

Friday, violent protests broke out against Mr. Bush and his free trade policies just blocks away from the summit venue. Riot police fired tear gas as demonstrators hurled Molotov cocktails and stones, and set buildings on fire. Dozens of protesters were arrested.

Earlier, there had been peaceful marches by tens of thousands of demonstrators.