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St. Louis police arrest Ferguson October protesters at gas station sit-in

St. Louis police arrested more than a dozen protesters early Sunday morning as the demonstrators staged a sit-in at a QuikTrip gas station, The Washington Post reports.

More than 100 protesters descended on the gas station in an organized act of civil disobedience, locking arms and sitting in front of the QuikTrip's entrance. The sit-in comes in the middle of a four-day series of marches and protests, dubbed "Ferguson October" taking place in Ferguson and St. Louis this weekend. Protesters are demonstrating against the August police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, specifically, and police violence generally.

St. Louis police warned demonstrators at the QuikTrip to disperse or face arrest, and while exact numbers were not available, more than a dozen protesters were subsequently arrested. The Post notes that the arrests are the first to be made during the Ferguson October events.