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Hundreds Defy Kite-Flying Ban in Eastern Pakistani City

March 12, 2006 - Posted at 1:04 p.m. CST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) _ Some 14-hundred people have been

arrested in Pakistan over the weekend for flying kites and other

celebrations.

The government banned kite-flying after seven people were killed

over the past two weeks by glass-coated or wire strings. Some

fliers reinforce strings for dueling other kites and betting on who

wins.

Hundreds of kites filled the skies of Pakistan's cultural

capital Lahore during the opening day of a traditional spring

festival.

Police have arrested more than one-thousand people since March

fifth for selling or manufacturing glass and chemical-coated kite

string.

Police made arrests for flying kites, firing celebratory

gunshots into the air and playing loud music.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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