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Police fire tear gas, rubber bullet at Colorado Springs war protest
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Saturday Feb 15th, 2003 10:21 PM
After the park rally, some protesters emptied into Academy Boulevard. Arms said police fired tear gas after the protesters refused repeated warnings to disperse.

Some of the protesters danced and chanted, ''Who owns the street? We own the street,'' angering some of the people who remained in the park.

Arms said the protesters had told police they planned to have a peaceful rally but he said police had received intelligence indicating that some protesters would try to break laws
Police fire tear gas, rubber bullet at Colorado Springs war protest

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Police fired tear gas at anti-war demonstrators and hit at least one with a rubber bullet after a rally spilled out of a park and blocked a major thoroughfare Saturday.

At least two people were treated at a hospital for minor injuries and released after the rally at Palmer Park. Thirteen people were arrested after they forced the closure of a half-mile stretch of Academy Boulevard, police spokesman Lt. Skip Arms said.

A second rally at Peterson Air Force Base ended with 21 arrests but no tear gas. Peterson is home to the Northern Command, the joint military command in charge of homeland security.

Arms said one person who picked up a tear gas canister and threw it toward police was hit with a .40-caliber rubberized bullet and subdued with a stun gun. Arms had initially denied reports that anyone was hit by a rubber bullets.

The demonstrators were protesting the threatened U.S. strike on Iraq. Police did not provide crowd estimates, but KVOR radio in Colorado Springs reported that about 3,000 people attended the Palmer Park rally and 300 turned out at Peterson.
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Shoulda used real bulletsBrianSunday Dec 7th, 2003 1:47 PM
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