Report: 30,000 China Steelworkers In Deadly Clash

From AP:

Some 30,000 Chinese steelworkers clashed with police in a protest over plans to merge their mill with another company and beat the company’s general manager to death, a human rights monitor said Saturday.

Several hundred people were injured in the clash Friday in the northeastern city of , the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and said in a faxed statement.

Employees of Tonghua Iron and Steel Group object to plans for Jianlong Steel take control of the company, the center said. It said Beijing-based Jianlong controlled the company temporarily last year, and employees blame Jianlong for financial problems suffered at the time.

Angry Tonghua employees attacked Jianlong general manager Chen Guojun during the protest and beat him to death, the center said. It said friends of Chen confirmed he was dead.

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