In a sign of rising tension between banks and community activists, Fleet Financial Group has charged two prominent activist groups with violating a "no-protest" clause in community reinvestment contracts.

Fleet, in a letter to the Federal Reserve, said Inner City Press- Community on the Move of the Bronx, N.Y., and New Jersey Citizen Action have both opposed Fleet's planned acquisition of National Westminster Bank's U.S. retail operation despite having agreed not to protest any deal involving Natwest. (The Fed approved the deal April 15.)

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