Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Arrests Made in Guangxi Uprising

China arrests 28 as tensions high after family planning riots
Police arrested 28 people for instigating thousands of people to riot over population control policies in southern China, state press said Wednesday, as residents expressed anger over government abuse.

Seven towns in the Guangxi region erupted in violence amid tensions over fines and other punishments imposed for having too many children, Xinhua news agency said in the first official account of the unrest that began last Friday.

As many as 3,000 people protested in a number of villages in Guangxi, Xinhua said, adding that government offices had been destroyed and cars and motorcycles burnt.

Residents contacted by AFP said tens of thousands of people were involved in the rioting in some towns, the worst of which took place on Friday and Saturday, while Hong Kong press reports have put the figure at 50,000...

"There may be problems with the family planning work of the government, which have prompted complaints from residents," Xinhua quoted Huang Shaoming, head of Bobai county where much of the rioting took place, as saying.

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