Sunday, March 11, 2007

Bush in Colombia to discuss insurgency, trade

US President George W. Bush was in war-torn Colombia Sunday, on the third leg of a five-nation Latin American tour meant to build bridges, which has been marked by violent protests.

As Bush arrived in Bogota aboard Air Force One, about 100 protesters in the city center hurled rocks at police, who responded by firing teargas.

A massive security presence was deployed along the route to the presidential palace, where Bush was to hold talks with conservative President Alvaro Uribe.

Bush has said he was conducting "quiet and effective diplomacy" in Latin America, where several leftist leaders opposed to his policies have been elected or re-elected in recent years.

But more street protests were planned in Bogota, following similar demonstrations that marked Bush's stops in Sao Paulo and Montevideo.


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