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    Police Use Rubber Bullets Against Oakland Protesters

    Several anti-war protesters were reported injured this morning
    after police fired rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse about
    750 demonstrators who were blocking access to a shipping company?s
    offices.

    The incident marks the first use of rubber bullets by police
    against anti-war protesters since the Bush administration?s March
    19 invasion of Iraq, reports Reuters.

    Activists were protesting in front of the headquarters of
    American President Lines, which they claim is profiting from the
    Iraq invasion. Oakland Police spokeswoman Danielle Ashford told
    Reuters the shots were fired after the crowd refused to disperse.
    ?We gave our dispersal order, we gave them an order, we gave them
    plenty of time to disperse,? she said.

    According to a Reuters photographer on the scene, police
    continued to fire on about 150 demonstrators who remained after the
    initial burst of shots. The status of the injured protesters,
    believed to be longshoremen, was not immediately known.

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    Published on Apr 1, 2003

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