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130 arrested at Baton Rouge police shootings protest

Around 130 people have been arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as protests continue over police shootings.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said he was “very proud” of the police response to marches, while officers with rifles tried to keep protesters off a major road.

“The police tactics in response have been very moderate,” he said. “I’m very proud of that.”

Tensions between black citizens and police have bubbled to the surface after police shootings of African-American men in Minnesota and Louisiana.

The subsequent killing of five white police officers by a black suspect in Dallas in retaliation has also increased tensions.

Most of those arrested in Baton Rouge are from Louisiana and face a single charge of obstructing a highway.

Images emerging on social media show protesters and police clashing, and activists have said the police response has been too aggressive.

DeRay Mckesson, a prominent Black Lives Matter campaigner, said: “I remain disappointed in the Baton Rouge police, who continue to provoke protesters for peacefully protesting.

“There’s a lot of work to be done, with this police department specifically.”

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