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Protests spread in US over fatal police shootings

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Protests spread in US over fatal police shootings

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Police made dozens of arrests in Baton Rouge as protests grow following the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.

Baton Rouge authorities arrested as many as 100 people for obstruction of a major route in the area known as Airline Highway.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said law enforcement had acted in a “moderate manner” and the majority of protesters behaved peacefully.

A resident of the neighbourhood offered shelter to the demonstrators: “I noticed that there were protesters, came in and my daughter was on the porch and we recognized they were going to be arrested. They were in the street. We asked them to come into the yard for safety. As I said before, I have friends on the other side of the street. I care about them and they’re good police officers. But these people needed to have a refuge and so I gave it to them.”

People took to the streets
crowding downtown Atlanta calling for an end to police violence while splinter groups blocked traffic and goaded authorities.

In Chicago people attended speeches calling for the general public to resist the abuse of power and aggressive and fatal law-enforcement behaviour.

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