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Taiwan Police Clash With Vote Protesters


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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP)--Opposition supporters hurled stones and water bottles Sunday when some 1,000 riot police tried to end a demonstration demanding a recount of the president's razor-thin election victory.

At least seven people were injured when scuffling broke out as police tried to disperse around 100 protesters who had camped outside the Presidential Office overnight, television news reports said. Footage showed a man with a bloodied forehead being carried away by four policemen.

The demonstrators were holdouts from a rally on Saturday to call for a recount of the March 20 election, in which President Chen Shui-bian won by a margin of 0.2 percent. Some 15,000 people turned out for Saturday's protest.

The government has already agreed to a new tally, but the two sides have yet to decide how to proceed. On Friday, Taiwan's High Court gave the two camps five days ``to work out the procedure and method for the recount'' before meeting again.

Chen and Vice President Annette Lu were slightly injured in a mysterious shooting on the eve of the election--an incident widely believed to have swung the vote in Chen's favor.

Police have yet to identify a suspect in the shooting and have called for witnesses to come forward with information. U.S. forensics experts have confirmed that Chen's injury was caused by a gunshot. They are to report their detailed findings later this month.

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