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Hundreds protest in town where US black teen was slain

More than 1,000 protesters marched on Saturday (Aug 30) in the town of Ferguson, Missouri, peacefully reprising recent demonstrations over the shooting this month of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, US media reported.

FERGUSON: More than 1,000 protesters marched on Saturday (Aug 30) in the town of Ferguson, Missouri, peacefully reprising recent demonstrations over the shooting this month of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, US media reported.

The New York Times wrote that some protesters called for more demonstrations on Monday, urging motorists to tie up traffic on the Labor Day national holiday. The newspaper wrote that Saturday's march and rally were organised by a coalition of black activists, Missouri state legislators, civil rights organisers and other groups.

The Aug 9 killing of Michael Brown, 18, and the subsequent crackdown on demonstrators in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson revived a debate about race in the United States, and sparked condemnation of the militarisation of the nation's police forces. Ferguson was hit with several days of at times violent protests and clashes in the wake of Brown's shooting by white police officer Darren Wilson.

A grand jury is hearing evidence to determine whether Wilson, 28, used excessive force in fatally shooting Brown, found in autopsies to have been shot six times.

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