Olympic Protesters Arrested

(AP) - Seven people have been arrested after Vancouver police confronted more than 200 masked protesters on the opening day of competition at the Olympics.

Demonstrators hurled newspaper boxes through display windows at a department store selling Olympic souvenirs, causing an estimated $10,000 in damage. There have been no reports of injuries.

Police say at least one of the protesters could face a weapons charge for wrapping a bicycle chain around his fist and threatening passers-by. They say about half of the protesters were "criminals" intent on "committing violent acts."

A spokeswoman for the Olympic Resistance Network says despite a posting on the umbrella group's Web site about disrupting "business as usual" in Vancouver, it didn't formally organize the event. She called police action, "violent, aggressive and totally unnecessary."

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