Violence after protesters defy Ferguson curfew

Sarasota - A group of protesters defied a five-hour curfew in the US town of Ferguson early on Sunday and violence flared briefly, a week after demonstrations erupted over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

Clashes between protesters and dozens of police officers in riot gear erupted less than an hour after the coming into effect of the curfew, imposed by Missouri State Governor Jay Nixon just hours earlier to restore order in the town.

The officers used tear gas and smoke grenades to quell the protest, with local broadcasters including CNN reporting that one man sustained severe injures and that seven protesters were taken into custody.

Police officials said the intervention by police officers had been sanctioned after shots were fired.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot one week ago by Officer Darren Wilson, a six-year police veteran. The police said the youth had been stopped for jaywalking, and that a scuffle ensued, resulting in gunfire. Witness have contradicted this version of events.

Governor Nixon also imposed a state of emergency in Ferguson - north-west of St Louis - where basic services have been disrupted since the incident triggered mass unrest.

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Mark Booysen 2014/08/17 05:09:48 PM
As jy nie wil hoor nie moet jy voel!
Richard Lemmer 2014/08/17 05:11:39 PM
Maar hulle hoor of voel nie ...... Vergeet die rubberkoeels ..........
Gerhardus Windpomp 2014/08/17 05:18:55 PM
Imagine white people start protesting and looting...
LizK 2014/08/17 05:52:34 PM
It's happened many a time all over the world. People are people.
LizK 2014/08/17 06:03:59 PM
It's happened many a time all over the world. People are people.
Julia Griffiths 2014/08/17 06:16:56 PM
Just a bunch of hooligans nothing to do better than cause trouble
dfgdg.ytrdfgbfdg 2014/08/17 06:17:30 PM
On London also when the blacks rioted.. They robbed and looted.. When the whites riot they just have a decent riot..
Rudi Schwarzer 2014/08/18 12:10:03 PM
America has just seen it's future.