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Police Reassure Savannah on G-8 Security

The police chief urged downtown businesses Tuesday against closing during next month’s G-8 summit of world leaders, saying it would be an overreaction to concerns about volatile protests. “We have ample police officers to protect all areas of our business community,” Savannah Police Chief Dan Flynn said. “And we really do not like the image of our community being seen as a war zone.” The June 8-10 summit will bring about 5,000 international delegates and journalists to this coastal city, while President Bush meets with world leaders on Sea Island 80 miles away. Some businesses in the historic downtown have talked of closing and even boarding their windows over concerns about violent protests that have marred past summits of the eight most-industrialized nations. During the 2001 summit in Genoa, Italy, a 23-year-old protester was shot dead as he and other demonstrators surrounded a police jeep with sticks, rocks and other weapons. Full Story

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