Protesters clashed with police in Atlanta at the site of a training centre which opponents say will fuel police militarisation and also uses valuable forest land. 

Hundreds of people attended a concert at the site and police said a group then threw rocks and firebombs at officers. 

Thirty-five people were arrested, police said. 

Images of the protests on social media showed several fires. 

The planned Atlanta Public Safety Training Center, dubbed « Cop City », is being built on land owned by the city in South River Forest. 

After the clashes began, police locked down the area and a Swat team was in attendance. 

Police said the group of protesters had used the peaceful demonstration as cover to « conduct a coordinated attack on construction equipment and police officers ». 

Several pieces of construction equipment were destroyed, the statement said. 

« The illegal actions of the agitators could have resulted in bodily harm. Officers exercised restraint and used non-lethal enforcement to conduct arrests, » it added. 

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