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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was escorted to safety as police broke up a pro-Palestinian protest outside a restaurant in Vancouver where he was dining, authorities said Wednesday.

A crowd of about 250 pro-Palestinian supporters waving flags and chanting for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war surrounded the venue in the city's Chinatown district Tuesday evening.

Police said in a statement that 100 officers "assisted in controlling and dispersing the crowd, while the prime minister was escorted out of the restaurant."

One man was arrested for obstruction while another was held for assaulting an officer who was punched in the face and had her eyes gouged.

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