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MORE than 200 protesters arrested as Bush meets with European leaders

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GOTEBORG, Sweden (AP) _ More than 200 people were arrested Thursday night in a confrontation with police as President Bush met with European leaders, officials said.

More than 1,000 protesters faced off with police after authorities blockaded a school for several hours, claiming that some of the activists inside planned violence during demonstrations against Bush and the European Union.

Police refused to allow up to 400 activists to leave the building to take part in a rally Thursday night. Their supporters approached the building and began pounding on metal containers that the police had placed around it.

Police then pushed back the crowd and arrested more than 200 protesters who resisted, police spokesman Jan Strannegoerd said. Five policemen were slightly injured, he said.

The school was one of several assigned to house anti-globalization, anti-European Union and environmental groups that have converged on this coastal city for the leaders' meeting and a subsequent EU summit.

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