The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 22, 2001 · Page 6
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Aife -'sONDAY. APRIL 22, 2001 WORLD THE SALINA JOURNAL T SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS Ibaders debate firee trade zone Meanwhile, 30,000 protesters crowd around summit site By RON FOURNIER Vie Associated Press QUEBEC — Western hemisphere leaders ratified a plan Saturday barring undemocratic nations from a massive free trade zone they hoped will expand prosperity across their 34 nations. For a second day, protesters clashed with nightstick- wielding police who fired water cannons and rubber bullets. ^ffith the fence around the summit site ringed by rock- throwing protesters intent on tearing it down, presidents and prime", ministers tried to address : demonstrators' wildly varying grievances with the Summit of the Americas. '*We knew there were some people who wanted to come and sto^y Us," Canadian Prime Minister-Jean Chretien said. "But looK •\i'hat happened. We dis- T PUiNE SHOT DOWN The Associated Press Using ropes, protesters try to pull down a perimeter fence protecting world leaders meeting Saturday at the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City. cussed democracy We have a clause on democracy We have discussed all the elements that are needed to help the 800 million people living in the Americas to prosper in the future." Police said nearly 30,000 pro­ testers crowded around the summit site, with 2,000 growing violent. In two days of unrest, at least 34 police officers were injured, as were 45 demonstrators. There were at least 150 arrests, police said. I President Bush signaled his wUlingness to accept environmental and labor standards in trade pacts, though advisers say he has not budged from his opposition to Democratic demands that trade sanctions be used to enforce the rules. A so-called "democracy clause" would suspend the benefits of a free trade zone from any country that ceases to be a democracy Cuba was the only nation in the Western Hemisphere excluded from the three-day summit because it is not democratic. One by one, the leaders argued that expanded trade would buoy a variety of social causes. Bush said democracies would take root. President Miguel Angel Rodriguez of Costa Rica said tiny economies like his would flourish. Colombian President Andres Pastrana said his country would be better equipped to fight drug trafficking. "Together let us go forward to build an ag6 of prosperity in a hemisphere of liberty," Bush said. W.S. plane monitored shooting Shooting from Peru plane results in two American deaths By The Associated Press IQUITOS, Peru — A U.S. surveillance plane monitored the Peruvian air force's downing of a seaplane carrying American missionaries mistaken for drug smugglers, a U.S. Embassy official said Saturday The U.S. Embassy in Lima announced that drug interdiction flights had been suspended, "pending a thorough investiga- tioh 'arid review by Peruvian arid U.S. officials of how this tragic incident took place." Also Saturday, Jim Bowers, whose' wife and 7-month-old daughter were killed when the plane was shot down, gave his account of the hellish flight to a Peruvian air force colonel investigating the incident. His brother, Phil Bowers, sat in on the interview. Phil Bowers, who was not on the flight, said his brother told the colonel that the Peruvian military made no attempt to communicate over the radio before two or three jets opened fire on the small plane. 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