Chinese attack police over motorcyclist's death

More than 100 people in a southern Chinese city attacked police in a dispute over the death of a motorcyclist, state media said on Fridayin the latest unrest to hit the country just weeks before the Beijing Olympics.

Chinese attack police over motorcyclist's death
More than 100 people in a southern Chinese city attacked police in a dispute over the death of a motorcyclist, state media said on Friday, in the latest unrest to hit the country just weeks before the Beijing Olympics.

The incident, in Huizhou in the booming southern export hub province of Guangdong, happened on Thursday, and also led to a police car being overturned, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The dispute centred over whether the motorcyclist, surnamed Ouyang, was beaten to death by security guards or whether he died in a traffic accident, as the police stated, the report said.

Outbreaks of rioting by migrant workers in coastal Zhejiang province last week and by tens of thousands of others last month in southwestern Guizhou province have raised official sensitivities to potentially embarrassing publicity while global media attention is focused on China during the Games.

Thousands of protests, riots and "mass incidents" occur in China every year, most of them small and never openly reported.

But the recent spasm of reported unrest comes at a sensitive time as the country seeks to promote an image of social progress and harmony to foreign visitors and Olympics spectators.

Reuters
Last Mod: 18 Temmuz 2008, 14:54
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