posted on Jun, 29 2005 @ 12:28 PM
Thousands of Chinese citizens took to the streets in response to the continuing growth in the wealth gap. Cars were set ablaze and six police officers
were wounded in the latest of a series of riots that are begining to worry Bejing. This was announced in a rare local disturbance report from the
state run news agency, Xinhua
It started before 3 p.m. when a Toyota sedan grazed a middle school student crossing the street and the teen and the driver quarreled. A few men
emerged from the car and set on the student, a local store manager surnamed Wu who saw the clash told Reuters by telephone. The men were taken to a
police station and a crowd that had been watching the fight swarmed around the building, Wu said, demanding that the men be handed over to them as
their numbers swelled by the minute.
Some among the growing mob focused their anger on the men's Toyota, smashing it, flipping it over and torching it, Wu said. "The fire fighters drove
up, but when they saw what was going on, they fled," the store manager said. Armed police tried to quell the disturbance but were driven back by a
hail of rocks and lit firecrackers, he said. The local Chizhou Daily newspaper reported six policemen were injured by stones, news Web site
"The crowd also attacked reporters, one of whom was burned by a firecracker, and they grabbed cameras out of the hands of anyon taking pictures," Wu
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This rare report is showing that it must have been pretty obvious to the citizens of the area and the government could not silence what happened.
This disturbance is pretty troubling. Any country having politcal turmoil should make one nervous, but China? First of all a nuclear power and
secondly an ally in our negotiations with DNK. I think more will come out of this, and that is what worries me the most.