Police have killed two people in a clash with villagers in southwestern China in the latest outburst of social unrest in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics, an activist group and state media said on Sunday.
The clash occurred Saturday morning in remote Yunnan province when more than 1,000 local rubber growers protested in a dispute over the sale of their crops, the Hong Kong Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said.
Police called in to quell the protest in Menglian county then battled with the rubber planters, shooting two dead and seriously injuring a third, said the centre, which frequently issues reports about unrest in China.
It said about 20 people had been arrested.
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