Some protesters in masks and helmets set fire to cars, smashed the
windows of stores and banks and trashed offices of the defence ministry.
Police fired water cannon at demonstrators who were hurling rocks,
bottles and fireworks.
Smoke bombs set off by the protesters cast a pall over a sea of red
flags and banners bearing slogans attacking economic policies the
protesters say are hurting the poor most. The violence sent many
demonstrators running into hotels for safety.
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