Ongoing protests in Missouri volatile: International lawyer

Ongoing protests in Missouri volatile: International lawyer

Mon Aug 18, 2014 3:43AM GMT

An international lawyer says the continued protests in the United States are volatile as people demand justice for an unarmed black teen who was shot to death last week by police.

Authorities on Sunday imposed a midnight curfew for the second night a row. The first curfew was announced Saturday by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Angry protesters in Ferguson, Missouri have defied a midnight curfew, with heavily-armed police firing tear gas canisters at demonstrators.

“This situation is focused and is critical. Last night there was a curfew that was focused and then broken by our protesters,” Mustafa Ansari, dean of the American Institute of Human Rights, told Press TV on Sunday.

“What we’re trying to do is trying our best to contain as much as possible, we had the problem last night with communist agitators who are from the outside who have come here who are really anarchists,” he noted.

“So we are trying to contain the outside agitators from bringing a more critical situation and putting more fuel on it,” he added.

“We’re balancing our rights of freedom of expression, of freedom of assembly,” Ansari said.

“This stage of the struggle it is very volatile, very difficult to deal with.”

The curfew was announced in Ferguson following a week of angry demonstrations over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown who was shot to death “execution style” by a Ferguson cop as he held his hands up.

The curfew took effect at midnight but hundreds of protesters remained in the streets, chanting “No justice, no curfew!” and “Hands up, don’t shoot!” in a reference to the fatal shooting.

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