Report: Riot erupts in southwest China town

By REUTERS
August 12, 2011 10:22

 
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BEIJING - Thousands of Chinese took to the streets of a southwestern town on Thursday, with some smashing police vehicles in the latest protest by citizens angered by the rough handling of local officials, according to news reports.

The protest in Qianxi County, Guizhou province, was the latest of thousands of brief, local riots and demonstrations that happen in China every year, and like many recent outbreaks this one pitted residents against "urban administration" officials charged with enforcing law and order.

A "clash broke out between urban administration officials and the owner of an illegally parked vehicle, drawing in thousands of onlookers and sparking incidents of crowds smashing law enforcement vehicles and blocking roads," the website of China National Radio reported on Friday.

"Crowds turned over the vehicle of the urban administration staff and attacked police who came to quiet down the situation," the official Xinhua news agency reported.


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