Class, religion spark riots across China

03CHINA_wideweb__430x238 From The Age: “The clashes between groups of the minority known as the Hui and villagers of the Han majority have come as China’s usually massive security force – comprising 1.7 million police and 2.8 million soldiers – suddenly seems limited in the face of ethnic, farmer and industrial worker protests across the country.

Despite reporting restrictions, details are emerging in the Chinese media of varied protests reflecting seething resentments and fears in different sectors of the country’s 1.3 billion population as economic growth widens the gap between rich and poor. ”

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