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RESPONSE TO TERROR

Finance Ministers Agree to Freeze Terrorists' Assets

November 18, 2001|Associated Press

OTTAWA — Finance ministers for the Group of 20 agreed Saturday to freeze assets of terrorists and implement a sweeping United Nations resolution against terrorist financing.

With dozens of riot police outside keeping protesters well away from the meeting site, officials from the European Union, the United States, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and 15 other nations adopted an "action plan on terrorist financing" during talks Friday night and Saturday.

Outside in the streets, hundreds of protesters opposed to the U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan and what they say are the ill effects of globalization on the world's poor marched through the city and burned U.S. flags at a downtown rally.

Police arrested 14 people after barricades were knocked down in the streets.

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