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Protest of 'Jena 6' in Louisiana

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JENA, Louisiana- The two-lane road leading into the tiny town of Jena, Louisiana, has been jammed with traffic this morning as thousands gather for a rally.

Demonstrators are turning out to support six black teens charged in the beating of a white classmate.

Five of the black teens were initially charged with attempted murder, but the charge was later reduced to battery for all but one, who has yet to be arraigned. The sixth teen was charged as a juvenile.

The six were charged a few months after the local prosecutor declined to charge three white high school students who hung nooses in a tree on their high school grounds. That has led to charges of racism, which the district attorney denies.

The Reverend Al Sharpton, who helped organize today's rally, tells CBS it could be the beginning of the 21st century's civil rights movement.

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