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CAPTION ONLY: MORE THAN HE BARGAINED FOR CANADIAN PRIME

Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien holds demonstrator Bill Clennett by the neck in a television picture filmed during a Flag Day celebration in Hull, Quebec, on Feb. 15. Chretien was charged Monday with assaulting Clennett, but the government moved immediately to quash the court proceedings. Justice officials decided to halt the court action because they had earlier reviewed the incident and decided that charges were not warranted, Quebec Justice Minister Paul Begin told a news conference in Quebec City. "This in no way has to do with favorable treatment for Mr. Chretien," he said.