Unrest in a Chinese city; 25 held

The unrest was allegedly triggered by a dispute between a migrant couple, who are street vendors, and the local security personnel.

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

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


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