Monday, July 23, 2007

Guangxi Riots: Update

China jails two men for birth-control riots
BEIJING (Reuters) - A court in southwest China has jailed two men who joined in violent mass protests against harsh family planning measures in May, finding them guilty of falsifying an official document, state media said on Monday.

Thousands of villagers rioted in several towns in Bobai county in the region of Guangxi from May 17-20, ransacking government buildings, burning cars and clashing with police, after being fined for breaching the one-child policy.

The Bobai county court "recently" sentenced a man surnamed Peng and another surnamed Li to two years and one year in prison respectively for stoking the riots, the Xinhua news agency reported.

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