Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly says he's disappointed with how some G-7 protesters behaved in the city on the weekend.
"We welcome all guests to our municipality," Mr. Kelly said Monday.
"All we ask is that they be respectful, responsible and mindful of the community that they're in and treat it as they would their own homes."
Mr. Kelly said protesters forced police to respond with stun guns, tear gas and other forceful measures by removing barricades, firing ball bearings and throwing balloons said to have been filled with vinegar.
"It's an unfortunate outcome," he said. "The police did what they felt they had to do to protect the public, the protesters and property.
"It's a learning process for all of us."
Some people are calling for an official inquiry into the events.
Mr. Kelly said organizers of the meeting had received information that protesters were planning to trash one of the city's main shopping strips.
"It was the intent to go back to Spring Garden Road on Saturday and to do further destruction of that street," Mr. Kelly said.
"One is appreciative of the job the police have done."
Mr. Kelly said it was alarming that many of the arrests that resulted from the protests were of people from outside the province.
Images of police beating back and chasing protesters don't do the city's tourism industry any favours, he said.
"But for the long term I think our hospitality will ring through," he said.
"I'm sure at the end of the day people know us for who we are: peaceful and hard-working individuals who are always welcoming to those who wish to come here."
Premier John Hamm said the events won't likely harm Nova Scotia's image.
"I don't see that an episode of this magnitude will damage our reputation as a good place to be and a peaceful place to be," Mr. Hamm said.
Some protesters, including New Democrat MLA Howard Epstein, are planning to file formal complaints with the RCMP about injuries they suffered and officers' interference with their right to protest.
Mr. Epstein told this newspaper that police reacted inappropriately and had not been physically pushed before he left the area at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
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