Ferguson unrest: Police fire tear gas to break up crowds in another night of protests

Protesters walk with their hands up as they participate in a protest against the police in Ferguson, Missouri, in the Manhattan borough of New York. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Protesters walk with their hands up as they participate in a protest against the police in Ferguson, Missouri, in the Manhattan borough of New York. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Demonstrators holding signs protest against the shooting death of Michael Brown . -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Demonstrators holding signs protest against the shooting death of Michael Brown . -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A demonstrator kneels and prays during a protest against the shooting death of Michael Brown. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 
A demonstrator kneels and prays during a protest against the shooting death of Michael Brown. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 
Protesters hold signs and chant "Hands up. Don't Shoot" during a protest against the police in Ferguson, Missouri, in the Manhattan borough of New York. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Protesters hold signs and chant "Hands up. Don't Shoot" during a protest against the police in Ferguson, Missouri, in the Manhattan borough of New York. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Rapper Nelly (in white) takes part in a peaceful march in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown near Ferguson. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 
Rapper Nelly (in white) takes part in a peaceful march in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown near Ferguson. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 
A protester yells towards police in a cloud of tear gas after protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown turned violent near Ferguson. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A protester yells towards police in a cloud of tear gas after protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown turned violent near Ferguson. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

FERGUSON, United States (AFP) - Police fired tear gas to break up protesters in another night of unrest in this Missouri town where a black teen was shot and killed by a white police officer nine days ago.A street-wide line of police in riot gear, supported by an armoured SWAT vehicle and a helicopter overhead, repeatedly ordered the crowd of about 100 to disperse on Monday night..They then let loose with a volley of tear gas just after 11 pm (0400 GMT), sending the crowd – smaller than one that clashed with police on Sunday – scurrying into the darkness.At least two people were seen being arrested, and gun shots – described by one senior police officer as “potshots in the area” – were heard.But National Guard troops who deployed earlier on Monday in Ferguson to reinforce police remained out of sight, taking up a position instead at a police command centre.Monday night’s standoff occurred near the residential street where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a local police officer in this St Louis suburb.Pathologists retained by Brown’s family said on Monday that the student had been shot at least six times, including twice in the head.His death has triggered daily protests and nightly clashes with law enforcement officials, and prompted Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to call out the National Guard.

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