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Clinton Protesters Detained

November 15, 1999

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ Police detained about 100 demonstrators who gathered in downtown Ankara today chanting ``Yankee, go home″ and other anti-U.S. slogans as President Clinton began a state visit.

At least one policeman and one protester were slightly injured during a scuffle.

Police holding truncheons shoved the protesters into police vans and brought them to police stations.

The protesters had also been chanting, ``Clinton get out, this is our country.″ Most of the demonstrators belonged to small, leftist parties that object to Turkey’s close ties with the United States.

Some 500 police officers surrounded the area of central Ankara where the protest was held, outnumbering protesters 2-1.

Clinton opened his visit to Turkey by visiting the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the secular republic of Turkey.

Later this week, Clinton will travel to Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, for a summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

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