Reuters: China to probe environment dispute after riot

_41037197_bus203.jpg From Reuters AlertNet:

China pledged on Saturday to investigate an environmental dispute that led to rioting by thousands of villagers, in a move apparently aimed at ending a stand-off between peasants and factories accused of polluting.

Thousands rioted in a village outside Dongyang city in eastern Zhejiang province last Sunday, injuring up to 50 policemen, after rumours spread that two of about 200 elderly women keeping a two-week vigil and protesting against factory pollution died during police efforts to disperse them.

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