Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, July 09, 2012

Unrest in China spreads to a city

Most of the protests and violence we know about in China takes place in rural areas far from non-Chinese reporters. However, one incident, involving migrant workers and local residents was more urban.

Riots in Guangdong Escalate, Overwhelm Shaxi
Chaos is mounting in the ongoing labor riot that began on Monday in the town of Shaxi in Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province.

On Tuesday, thousands of migrant workers swarmed into Shaxi from Guangzhou, Foshan, Jiangmen and other neighboring cities, overwhelming the local police force. Rioters are wrecking every motor vehicle they see, stopping moving cars in order to batter them. Police cars, privately owned cars and bus stops have all been destroyed. A number of shops have been broken into as well. The Zhongshan Fuhua Station was set on fire and burned for close to 24 hours. The Shaxi town hall has also been ruined…

It is reported that several protesters have died and over 100 have been injured, mostly workers. More than 100 people have been arrested…

The latest news is that armed police from Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Foshan have been sent to Shaxi to clear the streets… The People’s Liberation Army is also at the ready to “suppress the rebellion” at any time...

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