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Thousands turn anger on police after road accident

THOUSANDS of people went on a rampage, smashing police cars, hurling rocks at paramilitary officers and attacking a police station in a disturbance that lasted several hours.
The incident, in Chizhou, Anhui province, was apparently triggered by a minor road accident, which prompted a brawl that quickly became a riot involving up to 10,000 people.

The official Xinhua news agency, in a rare report on such a disturbance, blamed a few criminals, who had led the “unwitting masses” astray, for the riot. Police are said to have arrested ten people and Xinhua said that the situation was now “basically calm”. After the accident, in which a car hit a pedestrian, the driver and his three passengers attacked the pedestrian, who had to be treated in hospital. Police then took the driver and his passengers into custody.

But soon crowds gathered outside the station and demanded that police hand over the four attackers. A nearby supermarket was ransacked, a local newspaper said, setting off a wave of violence. More than 700 police sent to the scene managed to disperse the crowd.

The incident reflects a growing degree of dissatisfaction and distrust with authorities in China, which has repeatedly been expressed in social unrest. In April thousands of farmers protested against 13 chemical plants they said were poisoning wells and sending pollutants into the air. Even days after that riot, burnt-out and overturned cars were still lying in the lawless streets of the town of Huaxi, Zhejiang province.

Last month villagers in Shengyou, Hebei province, fought pitched battles over scarce land with more than a hundred thugs hired by property developers. Six farmers died in the fight, apparently not the first at the site. Police are said to have been reluctant to confront either group.

Analysts say that the clashes are not part of a national uprising, but as a political trend they must worry the Government. Beijing has long relied on a mixture of coercion and incentives to prevent mass protests. The Government has taken a host of measures in recent months to prevent isolated protests spreading. Organisations with mass memberships, seen as potential vehicles or conduits for a national protest movement, face restrictions.

Members of non-sanctioned churches risk detention, potentially incendiary chatrooms are shut, newspapers are kept on a short rein and employees of foreign news organisations have been arrested and accused of spying. Last month an international conference on democracy was cancelled.

Recent uprisings in the former Soviet republics of Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and Georgia have led to further unease in Beijing. Some Chinese experts say that the protests within China are reminiscent of the 1989 protest in Tiananmen Square.

Lai Hongyi, a research fellow at the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore, said: “They have stirred up the worries of the Chinese leadership, so they feel justified taking a hard line.

“In recent years there has been a drastic increase in protests,” Mr Lai said. “If they still allow the liberals to speak out, that could instigate more incidents; it would encourage a bigger movement and destabilise the Government and the party’s control.”

Earlier this month the Chinese police forces were strengthened by 10 per cent; Beijing now has 63,500 police officers. “It should be a young and strong team but medical check-ups in recent years show that policemen have a higher death rate than other groups,” the national news agency said.

Beijing police are mainly engaged in handling criminal activities, including “riots that disturb public order, channelling mass assemblies and demonstrations”, the agency said.,,3-1674391,00.html

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