posted on Nov, 1 2004 @ 09:01 AM
Martial law has been declared in the village of LANGCHENGGANG, China following rioting there that left at least seven people dead and more than 42
LANGCHENGGANG, China - Violent clashes in a village in central China killed seven people and injured 42, the government said Monday, as police
imposed martial law on the area after the fighting between hundreds of rioters that pitted Muslim Chinese against non-Muslims.
The unrest began Wednesday after a traffic accident and lasted through Sunday, the government said in its first official report on the violence.
Everything "is now under control," it said in the statement, run on the state news agency Xinhua.
Martial law has been imposed on the area in Zhongmou County near the city of Zhengzhou in Henan province, and thousands of police have been sent in to
restore order. Eighteen people have been arrested, Xinhua said.
Some 400 to 500 rioters from the Han ethnic majority and the Hui Muslims clashed in the town of Langchenggang, burning several houses, residents said.
On Monday, thousands of police lined the road into the town. They stopped cars at checkpoints outside town, but it wasn't clear whether any were
turned away. Foreign reporters who visited the area were detained. Government minivans with loudspeakers strapped to their roofs drove through the
town broadcasting appeals for calm.
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The rioting occurred following a traffic accident and pitted Muslim Chinese against non Muslins. The state run news agency Xinhua, reported that
everything was under control at this time. Over one thousand police were dispatched to maintain order in the city.
[edit on 1-11-2004 by John bull 1]