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    Demonstrators march through downtown Atlanta to protest the shootings of two black men by police officers, Friday, July 8, 2016.

    Protesters Return to US Streets to Demand Justice, Peace

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    For the second night in a row, and in the wake of a sniper ambush on Dallas police officers that left five dead, protesters have taken over the streets in cities across the United States, demanding an end to police brutality and gun violence.

    The new demonstrations come in the wake of two high-profile killings of blacks this week by white police officers. On Wednesday, 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot in the back by police while pinned to the ground in a gas station parking lot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. That same night, 32-year-old Philando Castile was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.

    On Friday night, activists returned to the streets to protest the killings, including massive demonstrations in Georgia, and St. Louis, Missouri. Protesters have also gathered in front of the White House in Washington DC.

    In Atlanta, protesters have blocked the entrance to I-75.

    Earlier on Friday, rappers Snoop Dogg and The Game led a peaceful march in support of BLM through Los Angeles city streets to LAPD headquarters, meeting with the city’s police chief.

    In a show of solidarity, marchers in London expressed support for the BLM movement. Protesters carried signs and chanted "Hands up, don’t shoot."

    Violence erupted during an otherwise peaceful protest in Dallas on Thursday night. While protesters gathered quietly, mingling with police officers, a shooter identified as Micah Xavier Johnson opened fired on police, killing five and injuring seven. BLM condemned the shooting, and the group intends to continue organizing over the weekend.

    "There are some who would use these events to stifle a movement for change and quicken the demise of a vibrant discourse on the human rights of Black Americans. We should reject all of this," BLM said in a statement.

    "Black activists have raised the call for an end to violence, not an escalation of it. Yesterday’s attack was the result of the actions of a lone gunman. To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is dangerous and irresponsible. We continue our efforts to bring about a better world for all of us."

    A number of violent incidents were reported across the country on Friday. An officer in a St. Louis suburb was shot during a traffic stop. A man fired indiscriminately along a highway in Tennessee, killing one person and injuring three others.

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    • avatar
      karlof1
      Until the Outlaw US Empire is slain, violence will continue within its homeland as Empire abroad necessitates Tyranny at home.
    • goywhisperer
      They always get what they want even thought their people really never did anything for this country, instead they only acted for themselves!
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      amalgam
      The consequences of turning your police force into a paramilitary unit, with a Citizens Are The Enemy ethos, will eventually force those citizens to revolt.
      The shame of it is, good police officers are smeared by association with the many out of control elements.
      Unfortunately for all concerned, the US seems as incapable of solving internal problems as it is of solving the external.
    • Jammy
      The police state in the US is killing blacks because many refuse to become debt slaves and I for one cannot blame them one bit for fighting back and blacks in the USA should be the last people on earth to hand guns in because gang crime might be killing 5000 people a year but if they handed in the guns then the government would be killing millions.

      So far this year, i am told that 998 blacks have been killed by the cops and in 99% of cases they have got away with it but it's all part of the plan to devide the people so that a race war can be started to save on 401k having to be paid out in pensions by the banks
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      Pentagonisabeast
      Blacks are sinking America.
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      slobodan
      its looks as the moderate opposition in US is arising??!!!
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