Farmers Riot against Chinese Government – Anita Chang

From AP, via Houston Chronicle:

Thousands of farmers in southwest China rioted at a government office after authorities imposed heavy fines on families that had more children than allowed under the country’s family planning policy, a newspaper and a villager said Monday.

Anti-riot police were called in after villagers set fires and smashed cars Saturday at the Shabi township government office in the Guangxi region, Hong Kong’s Ming Pao Daily News said.

One person was injured as villagers and government officials hurled stones at each other, the newspaper reported. The demonstrators also knocked down a wall and damaged offices at the building, it said. [Full Text]

See also Villagers riot in China, attack officials, burn cars by Reuters, Villagers riot as China enforces birth limit by The Guardian, as well as ESWN’s translations on the incident, here and here.

May 21, 2007, 6:40 AM
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