Protesters defy curfew in riot-hit Baltimore

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BALTIMORE: Protesters defied a citywide curfew that launched into effect in Baltimore on Tuesday as nervous authorities attempted to stave off another night of violence, in the latest race-related unrest to roil the United States.

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It was not immediately clear how successful the emergency night-time curfew was, but television footage showed knots of mainly young, black men still out on the streets after the 10:00 pm (0200 GMT) order time. It was to be lifted at 5:00 am and in place for a week.

Police said they would enforce the curfew, but minutes after it kicked in they had not moved on demonstrators, whose number was put at “several hundreds” by CNN.

National Guard troops have deployed to the gritty port city of 620,000, where violence and looting erupted on Monday after the funeral of 25-year-old African-American man Freddie Gray, who died after suffering severe spinal injuries during a police arrest.

Speaking in nearby Washington, President Barack Obama warned that recent incidents “raise troubling questions” about the policing of black communities in the United States.

AFP

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