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Uneasy calm in Baltimore

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Uneasy calm in Baltimore


An uneasy calm has settled on Baltimore with riot police lining streets where nights of rioting occurred as citizens expressed anger over the death of a black man in police custody.

Schools reopened in the US city on Wednesday after an overnight curfew appeared to keep the peace.

It was residents themselves that helped police the curfew. Arms linked they formed a human barrier and called on demonstrators to leave.

Though clashes did erupt, it was nothing compared to Monday night’s violence which saw 19 buildings set ablaze and at least 230 arrests.

On Tuesday night there were just 10 arrests, seven for violating curfew, two for looting and one for disorderly conduct.

It’s unclear whether the calm will hold, with the investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, who died of spinal injuries sustained in police custody, due to conclude by the end of the week.

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