2,000 Chinese Rioters Mob Gov't Building in Quake Dispute

Violence erupts over unresponsive officials
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2008 7:42 AM CST
2,000 Chinese Rioters Mob Gov't Building in Quake Dispute
Local residents take shelter after an earthquake in Longnan, northwest China's Gansu Province, last spring. Protests erupted in Longnan yesterday over the government's treatment of the city.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Han Chuanhao)

An angry mob of some 2,000 people stormed Communist Party headquarters in a city in China's Gansu province last night to protest a decision to move the town's quake-damaged administrative center. The protest turned violent when officials refused to listen to complaints that families would have to move to get help, and called in armed police to disperse the protest in Longnan, one of several communities hit by last spring's devastating earthquakes, CNN reports.
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