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The Summit of the Americas 2001 meeting was held in Quebec City, the only fortified city in North America. 

Meant by organizers to set the stage for a Free Trade Area of the Americas, protesters had been preparing for a showdown following disruptions of trade talks in Seattle and Davos.

Although negotiations and peaceful demonstrations did go forward, April 20 - 22 will be remembered mainly for the skirmishes between police and protesters, and the pall of tear gas blanketing the city.

Police arrest protester during a demonstration, April 21, 2001.  
Photo: Andrew Winning/Reuters 
Coverage Comment
The Photos
Visit our photo gallery with scenes from inside and outside the fence

The Summit Discussions

Clock ticking on free-trade deal (April 23)
Text of PM's closing remarks (April 22)
Leaders stress democracy, trade (April 21)
Chrétien condemns summit violence (April 21)
Summit opens after rocky start (April 20)
Strengthening democracy is summit's focus: organizer (April 10)
FTAA to hurt smaller countries: report (March 29)

The Protests
'No regrets' about hosting summit: mayor (April 23)
Security efforts praised (April 22)
Arrests, standoffs continue into evening (April 21)
Day of chaos outside summit (April 21)
Jaggi Singh in jail: confirmed (April 21)
Accused summit plotters inspired by Zola (April 20)
Business as usual, protesters and police promise (April 20)
'I'm just here to show we can still be free' (April 20)
Next stop, McDonald's... uh Quebec (April 20)
Mohawks cool to summit activists (April 20)
A shuttered city waits and worries (April 19)
Police detain seven in summit plot (April 19)
Activists 'harassed' at border (April 17)

The Fence

'We thought it was adequate' (April 20)
Protesters breach security fence (April 20)
Summit fence can stay, judge rules (April 18)
Barricades illegal, Quebec court hears (April 9)
Concrete wall rises in Quebec (April 2)

The democracy they forgot
Paul Knox filed exclusive columns for the analyzing the summit 

Chrétien serves Bush medley of hot potatoes

It looked like war, I tell you. War

'Twas a great success, but was it worth it?

Editorial series
A series of Globe editorials asked readers to consider the benefits of globalization

Opinion series
A diverse group of people wrote about summit issues in the days leading up to the Quebec meetings

Summit Watch
Democracy demolished
Michael Valpy took a look at the larger issues of democracy in light of the summit.

How many pelts for one Nortel share?
A consideration of currency
Wall of fame
The chain-link toppled long before the fortifications of Quebec

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