China says order restored after thousands protest
Beijing: A local official says order has been restored to a southwestern Chinese town after thousands took to the streets and clashed with police to protest rough handling of citizens by authorities.
Residents in Qianxi county in Guizhou province protested after a man who had parked a car illegally clashed with "chengguan”, or urban management corps.
A county Communist Party official who would give only his surname, Wu, says that at the protest`s peak, more than 1,000 people had gathered, but that they had all dispersed by early Friday. He said on Saturday that more than a dozen police cars were smashed or set on fire, but he had no further details.
Chengguan act like a police auxiliary unit, but are notorious for corruption and violence against small businesses and the poor.
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