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Peaceful march in violence-hit US town after new police shooting nearby

Published on Aug 20, 2014 12:51 PM
 
Demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug 19, 2014. Protesters hit the streets of the US town roiled by days of unrest over the killing of an unarmed black teen, hours after police shot dead a knife-wielding man near the town. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

FERGUSON (AFP) - Protesters hit the streets of the US town roiled by days of unrest over the killing of an unarmed black teen, hours after police shot dead a knife-wielding man near the town.

Demonstrators waved signs and chanted slogans as they strolled up and down West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri. The town, a suburb of St. Louis, has been shaken by racially-charged unrest since a white police officer shot dead Michael Brown, 18, 10 days ago.

Police have hurled tear gas canisters and fired rubber bullets at crowds as protests got violent after sundown.

But on Tuesday, the mood was distinctly more relaxed, with police keeping a lower profile. They did intervene when two men got into a scuffle that brought the march to a sudden but brief halt, before it resumed.

 
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