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Davidson students protest police shootings; disrupt holiday festival

About 250 demonstrators, mostly Davidson College students, held a demonstration condemning police brutality Saturday night in the midst of the town's annual Christmas festival.

Protesters, wearing white shirts with the names of people killed in encounters with police and carrying homemade signs saying "Black Lives Matter," laid down silently in Main Street as the names of those killed were read over a loudspeaker.

The well-organized demonstration, which attracted racially and culturally diverse participants, caused organizers of Christmas In Davidson to suspend horse-drawn carriage rides for an hour while the protesters occupied the street. Afterward, the group marched up Main Street, sang some Christmas spirituals and dispersed on campus.

The protest was peaceful and in league with other demonstrations held across the nation in the wake of the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Mo., and a similar case in New York.

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