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China: Hundreds of Riot Police Battle the People of Shishou

Cryptogon [1]
Monday, June 22, 2009

The text below is an AP piece, but you should really click through to see the images and videos. This is just a sample.

Via: AP / East South West North [2]:

Hundreds of baton-wielding police on Sunday dispersed protesters and cordoned off a city hotel in central China after a young man’s mysterious death sparked unrest, a local official and a witness said.

More than 200 people were injured in the clashes between police and residents outside the hotel in Hubei province’s Shishou city, according to a Hong Kong-based rights group, the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy.

Hundreds had been angered by the death of 24-year old Tu Yuangao, who was found dead Wednesday evening in front of the Yonglong hotel. Tu’s relatives believe he was killed by the hotel boss, who is related to the mayor, the rights group said.