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Dozens arrested at anti-G20 protests

Turkish riot police detain a leftist demonstrator during an anti-G20 protest in Antalya (AP)
Turkish riot police detain a leftist demonstrator during an anti-G20 protest in Antalya (AP)
Plainclothes police take away an effigy of Barack Obama at a Turkey Youth Union protest in Antalya (AP)

Police in the Turkish city of Antalya have detained dozens of people during a series of protests denouncing the G20 summit, although the demonstrations were mostly peaceful.

Security is tight for the two-day meeting expected to be dominated by discussions about how the G20 nations will respond to the deadly Paris attacks, claimed by the Islamic State group.

Demonstrators were kept miles away from the venue at a secluded seaside resort 25 miles from Antalya city.

A group of 500 youths belonging to a Turkish nationalist association gathered in the city, holding up cardboard effigies of US President Barack Obama and denouncing US interventions in the Middle East. Police allowed the group to march briefly only after they agreed to leave the effigies behind.

Hundreds of members of Turkish left-wing groups and trade unions later held another protest denouncing the G20 which gathers the world's wealthiest economies.

They marched in central Antalya carrying a banner that read in Turkish and English: "Killer, colonialist, imperialist war organization G-20 get out!"

Police detained dozens of demonstrators after one threw fireworks at officers while the crowd was dispersing.

Earlier, police detained four protesters who wanted to walk to the venue of the summit to deliver a letter to participants. Police also detained a group of about 20 protesters who refused to undergo a security check, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Members of Turkey's ethnic Uighur community also gathered to protest against China's treatment of the Muslim minority. Chinese President Xi Jinping is among the summit participants.

Turkey has turned a sports centre in Antalya into a temporary detention centre in case of large-scale protests.

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