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11/4/05-Mar del Plata, Argentina

President Bush Arrives For Summit Of Americas

Thousands of anti-American protesters are in the Argentinean resort of Mar del Plata for today's start of the Summit of the Americas. They plan to rally against the Iraq war, globalization and what they say is U-S economic imperialism.

8,000 police and soldiers have been deployed to seal off the city's center. President Bush arrived last evening as did Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. The administration's South American nemesis vows to keep Bush from reviving talks on free trade, which Chavez says would exploit Latin America's poor.

Capitalizing on Chavez's opportunity to confront Bush, Argentina staged a mock U.S. invasion of itself yesterday. Bush has brushed aside Chavez's attempts to turn the summit into a showdown, saying he's focused on announcing job creation programs and promoting trade.

The visit allows the president to take a break from political turbulence in Washington, where Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff pleaded not guilty Thursday on charges of lying to investigators and a grand jury in a CIA leak probe.

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