Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Riot in China

Riot in west China:

Rioters in the western Chinese region of Chongqing burned police cars and looted government buildings after a quarrel between residents escalated into a riot involving thousands, residents and officials said.

The angry crowds gathered on Monday night during a quarrel between fruit market workers and a delivery boy, after one worker passed himself off as an official and threatened to use his rank to resolve the dispute in his favour, state media said.

That caused bystanders, angry at the attempted abuse of privilege, to become involved in the dispute.

Residents said crowds grew to more than 20,000 after cars and buses passing through the area stopped to watch.


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