The Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said that, in both protests, violent clashes erupted between angry crowds and local authorities.
In Jishou 50 people were injured in rioting, and police arrested 20 people, the group said.
According to Xinhua news agency, the protesters blocked roads and trains to demand that the government take action after a fundraising company “failed to pay them back as promised”.
See also “In China, Police Clash With Protesters Who Invested in Illegal Schemes” from the Washington Post. Photos of the protests are here.