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Police in riot gear cleared the main protest hub in downtown Ottawa on Saturday, using batons and pepper spray and making dozens of arrests, as they worked to flush out a group of hardcore demonstrators occupying the Canadian capital.

In a daylong show of force, hundreds of officers pushed into the city center — facing off in tense scenes with determined protesters who hurled gas canisters and smoke grenades at advancing police, linking arms and chanting "freedom."

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