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Ferguson unrest: Protest marks two weeks since police shooting

Published on Aug 24, 2014 9:30 AM
Demonstrator rally for Michael Brown while marching through Chinatown in Washington, DC on Aug 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

FERGUSON (REUTERS) - Demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, gathered in intense heat on Saturday to mark two weeks since a white police officer shot dead an unarmed black teenager, while supporters of the officer said in a separate rally that the shooting was justified.

The demonstrations remained peaceful, marking the third day of relative calm for the St. Louis suburb following daily unrest since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug 9.

Authorities had logged dozens of arrests nightly as police clashed with demonstrators in protests that have focused international attention on often-troubled US race relations.

Police came under sharp criticism for making mass arrests and using heavy-handed tactics and military gear widely seen as provoking more anger and violence.

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