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Police clashed with hundreds of protestors on the eve of a NATO summit in Strasbourg Thursday, firing tear gas at the crowd to stop them entering the city centre, an AFP correspondent said.
Masked protestors smashed a dozen bus shelters, set fire to trash bins and built a street barricade in a south suburb of Strasbourg, after marching from a "peace camp" set up by activists on the outskirts of the French city.
Police said 600 people took part, but organisers put the figure at 2,000.
A protest group called "Anti-Repression" claimed on its website that police made "many arrests," saying the marchers came "face to face with a colossal deployment of heavily-armed police, with more than 50 vehicles."
Security forces fired tear gas at the rally, forcing part of the crowd back towards their camp.