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USA: Nation of Islam members join Ferguson protesters00:46

USA: Nation of Islam members join Ferguson protesters

United States, feguson
August 20, 2014 at 19:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Members of religious movement Nation of Islam joined protesters rallying in Ferguson, Missouri, on Tuesday. A man was detained by the police but released shortly after.

The National Guard had set up camp outside the Quik Trip petrol station earlier in the day, the epicentre of Ferguson's violence following the police shooting of Michael Brown.

Troops from the Missouri's National Guard could be seen securing the area around the petrol station, taking over local businesses and pitching tents. The soldiers were using a range of military equipment including short-barreled 5.56-mm rifle, Humvees, and Bearcat G3 armoured vehicles.

The presence of heavy policing in Ferguson follows Missouri Senator Jay Nixon's decision to deploy the National Guard on Monday. Calls have come from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for US law enforcement to allow Ferguson's protesters their right to demonstrate, but police officials and the Guard are not allowing any pedestrians to enter the area.

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Members of religious movement Nation of Islam joined protesters rallying in Ferguson, Missouri, on Tuesday. A man was detained by the police but released shortly after.

The National Guard had set up camp outside the Quik Trip petrol station earlier in the day, the epicentre of Ferguson's violence following the police shooting of Michael Brown.

Troops from the Missouri's National Guard could be seen securing the area around the petrol station, taking over local businesses and pitching tents. The soldiers were using a range of military equipment including short-barreled 5.56-mm rifle, Humvees, and Bearcat G3 armoured vehicles.

The presence of heavy policing in Ferguson follows Missouri Senator Jay Nixon's decision to deploy the National Guard on Monday. Calls have come from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for US law enforcement to allow Ferguson's protesters their right to demonstrate, but police officials and the Guard are not allowing any pedestrians to enter the area.