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【First Edition】SWAT Clear-out Triggers Riots in Pantu, Xiamen; Police Cars Smashed and Female Official Stripped (34 Photos)
The villagers of Pantu, a village in the Tong’an District of Xiamen, Fujian Province, have been holding a sit-in for over a month to protest the sale of land by village heads. Conflicts have broken out on several occasions. At 4 a.m. on April 25, 2013, several hundred armed policemen cleared out the protestors. They took down banners and tents, threw gasoline on it all, and lit it on fire, while also arresting rights-defending villagers. Later that morning, thousands of villagers gathered in Tongji Road to confront the police. Many villagers were injured, while protesters smashed police vehicles and and punctured their tires. A female official was stripped naked, and a number of police officers were injured. The authorities quickly sent 1,000 policemen for reinforcement. The incident is still in progress.
April 25, 2013 at 6:55 p.m.
Via CDT Chinese. Translation by Mengyu Dong.