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Police hurl tear gas at US protesters in Ferguson

Riot police late Sunday (Aug 17) hurled tear gas and marched on rioters in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson, wracked by race riots since police shot dead an unarmed black teenager.

FERGUSON: Riot police late Sunday (Aug 17) hurled tear gas and marched on rioters in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson, wracked by race riots since police shot dead an unarmed African American teenager. Police tried to disperse the mob of mostly young people about three hours before the midnight (0500 GMT) curfew came into effect.

Some of the youths carried signs protesting police brutality, TV images showed. Many had their hands up in surrender, and others threw the tear gas canisters back to police.

Images posted on Twitter showed vandals smashing the windows of a McDonald's restaurant. "#Ferguson very tense at command center tear gas fired search for people under way," wrote St Louis Post-Dispatch reporter David Carson on Twitter.

The city has been enduring violence since a police officer on August 9 shot dead Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed African American teenager.

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