China Jails Rioters, Criticises Officials

Six rioters in the June mass incident over a teenage girl’s death in Guizhou have been jailed by state officials. Many others are still detained and are waiting for their sentences.

In addition, the local government has been criticized for their response to “long-standing disregard of rampant crime in the county and incompetence in maintaining public security.” More, from Reuters:

China handed sentences of up to 16 years in jail to six people for rioting after the suspicious death of a teenage girl, but also criticised the local government for incompetence, state media said on Friday.

Thousands of locals mobbed government offices in Weng’an county, Guizhou in late June. The local police headquarters was torched and police vehicles wrecked after claims spread that authorities had covered up a teenage girl’s death.

… Police had said the teenage girl had killed herself by jumping in a river, but residents said the girl had been raped and murdered by a relative of a senior government official.

November 14, 2008 7:11 PM
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