Dozen of people were injured, many with gunshot wounds, when vicious rioting broke out in the New Mexico town of Albuquerque.
GV Young demonstrators running from police
LV Teargas exploding amongst demonstrators (2 shots)
SV Police arresting struggling demonstrators
LV & SV Demonstrator trying to disable police car (2 shots)
SV Demonstrators throwing rocks and bottles at police
CU Injured policeman
LV Police firing at demonstrators
GV Demonstrators (2 shots)
LV Building on fire (2 shots)
CU & SV Looked buildings damaged by demonstrators (4 shots)
GV Damaged liquor store on fire as police watch (3 shots)
GV School house on fire (2 shots)
SV Young demonstrators arrested (2 shots)
GV & SV Debris from damaged buildings (3 shots)
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Background: Dozen of people were injured, many with gunshot wounds, when vicious rioting broke out in the New Mexico town of Albuquerque. The trouble started on Sunday night during a police raid on a group of youths in the park.
The crowd started throwing rocks and bottles at the police, who retaliated with tear gas. A running battle developed during which police claimed they were fired on from the crowd. They returned the fire. Buildings were looted and set on fire. Despite a curfew the trouble continued into Monday -- with damage topping two million dollars (GBP830,000 sterling).
SYNOPSIS: Violence exploded in the New Mexico town of Albuquerque on Sunday. Youths battled with police, who retaliated with tear gas. The trouble had started during a police drugs raid on young people using a public park. After teargas failed to disperse the youths, police waded in to arrest them. The rioters hit back by trying to put police cars out of action.
The violence got worse. After being pelted by a hail of rocks and stones, police claim that gunmen in the crowd opened fire on them. Anyway, they were soon shooting back. Thirty-one people were injured, thirteen of them with gunshot wounds.
Still the running battle continued. The rioters moved into the business area. Fifty buildings were damaged and many of them looted. Total damage was over two million dollars.
When rioters broke into a liquor store, three people were shot by security guards. The crowd later set the store on fire.
Fire also destroyed this school building, stocked with audiovisual equipment and school computer supplies.
As the rioting continued into the early hours of Monday, over a hundred and thirty people were arrested. Armed national guardsmen were called out to support the police. But despite a curfew, violence flared again on Monday night as demonstrators -- young men and women -- clashed with police.