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Curfew in Missouri town wrecked by race-tinged riots

Published on Aug 17, 2014 2:54 PM

FERGUSON, United States (AFP) - A crowd of some 200 demonstrators defied a curfew trhat came into effect in Ferguson, Missouri early Sunday, days after police shot dead an unarmed black teen, triggering a wave of rioting.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and a curfew starting at midnight Saturday (1pm Sunday Singapore time) until 5am for the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead by police on Aug 9.

Ferguson was mostly peaceful when the curfew began on Sunday, local media reported. But a crowd of about 200 protesters gathered in the area where Brown was shot and defied orders to disperse.

Heavily armed riot police, backed up by reinforcements in armoured vehicles, hurled smoke canisters and slowly moved in to break up the crowd. While the media images were dramatic, there were no reported incidents of violence.

Protestors march and hold their fists aloft during ongoing demonstrations in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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