CHINESE police detained some 300 people and urged others to give themselves up after the death of a teenage girl sparked rioting by 10000 people, a human rights group said yesterday .
The rioters believed that authorities in Weng’an county, in the south- western province of Guizhou, had covered up the rape and murder of the 15-year-old girl because the chief suspect was the son of a top county official, the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said.
The number of arrests had risen to 300 and some 2000 police were patrolling the county town following the rioting, which began on Saturday, the centre said in a statement.
The county television station broadcast a government demand for other rioters to surrender, while the injured uncle of the dead girl disappeared from a local hospital yesterday without discharging himself, it said.
Migrant workers rioted for three days in a town in eastern China, officials and a rights group said, in a fresh sign of rumbling social unrest.
The protests began on 10 July in Kanmen in the coastal province of Zhejiang.
Workers - reportedly angered by a beating meted out to a colleague - attacked a police station for three successive nights.
The incident comes just weeks after a 30,000-strong crowd torched dozens of official buildings in Guizhou province.
They were protesting about an alleged cover-up over the death of a teenage girl. Police said the girl committed suicide but her family said she was murdered by the son of a local official.
One hundred people have been detained over the Guizhou riots, Chinese state media reported on Monday, including "39 members of local gangs".
Today millions will leave the cities to return to their rural family homes for the new year celebrations. But this year Beijing hopes the newly jobless revellers will stay there - to prevent a fresh wave of unrest in the cities
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They surged into the grimy streets around the factory: first scores, then hundreds, then more than a thousand, as word spread and tension loaded the stale, grey air. The boldest overturned a police van and smashed up motorcycles, then tore through the building destroying computers and equipment. The mood was exhilarated, angry and frightened.
"It happened so quickly ... There were maybe 500 involved and another 1,000 watching them. People were yelling: 'It's good to smash'," said a witness.