2,000 Retired Soldiers Riot Over Poor Living Conditions – Reuters

Reuters reports that a riot broke out among 2,000 retired soldiers. They smashed equipment and set fires in their school in Baotou in Inner Mongolia against poor living conditions. From The Star:

…Similar riots occurred in Baoji, in the northwestern province of Shaanxi, and Wuhan, capital of Hubei province in central China, on the same day, Sept. 3, the centre said in a faxed statement.

“Food in the schools is bad and expensive. The dormitories have no electrical outlets and the students need to pay to recharge their cellphones,” it said. An official at the Baoji school refused to confirm details, saying only that “everything has returned to normal. “It was not a big deal, and things like that happen on campus a lot. But it was exaggerated by some people,” he said. “I do not want to say anything more about it, because it would not be good for our school’s reputation.” [Full Text]

– Read AP’s coverage Thousands of Ex-Soldiers Riot in China

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