Unrest in a Chinese city; 25 held
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Last Updated: Sunday, June 12, 2011, 14:30
Beijing: At least 25 people were arrested and sections of roads cordoned off after unrest broke out in a southern Chinese town triggered by a dispute between the street vendors and the police.

The incident took place near the metropolitan of Guangzhou, which is the second city to witness violent protests during the last few days.

The unrest was allegedly triggered by a dispute between a migrant couple, who are street vendors, and the local security personnel in the township of Xintang in Guangdong Province, official news agency Xinhua reported.

Police said the protestors tried to block them from handling the situation. Some hurled bottles and bricks towards government officials and police vehicles.

Xintang is one of the bustling manufacturing towns in Guangdong. A number of garment factories were clustered around the area employing thousands of migrant workers.

This is the second incident of public unrest during the past few days.

Reports from Lichuan in Enshi Prefecture said the local government had to deploy para military troops to control hundreds of protestors who attacked the local office of the ruling Communist Party after a People's Congress Deputy died in police custody.

On June 6, Ran Jianxin, 49, a Deputy of the Chinese People's Congress died while being interrogated in the People's Procuratorate in Badong County in Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture.

Ran, a former boss of the ruling Communist Party of China from the city and director of Duting Street Office in Lichuan, was arrested on May 26 on charges of taking bribes from construction contractors.

Gan Guowei, a cousin of Ran, said Ran's body bore injury marks pointing to torture.

The agitation prompted the government to suspend the deputy chief of the local Communist Party Li Wei.

The Chinese security forces also had to deal with mass protests in inner Mongolia province this month triggered by the killing of a Mongol herdsman who was protesting against pollution from a coal mine.

As the news of his death spread, Mongols all over the province struck work while the agitation spread to schools and colleges.

The Chinese government has initiated stern against those accused of killing the herdsman and held a public trial to show its earnestness.


First Published: Sunday, June 12, 2011, 14:30

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