Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tea Farmers Attack Police Station

Hundreds of tea farmers attacked a police station in Yingde, China on Saturday after rumours spread that one man had been killed in custody for fighting for farmers' rights.

They attacked the station with stones, bricks and hoes, and set police vehicles on fire.

The riot was brought under control four and a half hours later. It's only one of a string of recent incidents where citizens have attacked police stations.

"The case should teach grassroots governments a lesson," said Xu Binbin, a lecturer of public administration with South China Normal University.

"This kind of violence is happening more and more at the grassroots level and grassroots governments should play a more effective role in dealing with complaints," he said.

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