China sends 1,000 police to Hainan to calm feuding villages

March 27, 2009 06:22

China deployed 1,000 police officers to stop clashes between feuding villages on Hainan Island off its southern coast after rioting there left one man dead and nine others injured, state media reported Friday. Two police officials were also fired following the incident, the China Daily newspaper reported. Villagers from Baoshang and Gancheng have been fighting for nearly 80 years over disputed land. Over the years, brawls have frequently erupted between the villages, which each have about 10,000 residents. The latest incident was the most violent in recent years. It began Monday and lasted through Wednesday, leaving Baoshang resident Zhang Ji dead from stab wounds and nine others wounded, the official Xinhua News Agency reported earlier.

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