Migrants, police clash over traffic accident in southeast China -Hong Kong group

Migrants, police clash over traffic accident in southeast China -Hong Kong group
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24 October 2011
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Text of unattributed report headlined "Sichuan migrant workers in Putian, Fujian, clash with hundreds of public security officers; 10 people injured" published by Hong Kong Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy on 19 October.

Our centre has learned that a road accident occurred in Huangshi Town, Putian [Fujian], on 17 October. Two Sichuan natives on a motor bike were hit by a car. An ambulance arrived later and the two were taken to the hospital. The hospital demanded that they pay first before coming to their rescue. As a result, the two injured persons died. Hundreds of migrant workers from Sichuan gathered at the scene of the accident in Huangshi Town. They blocked roads and pounded vehicles. The authority deployed more than 500 public security officers to quell the riot. Ten Sichuan migrant workers were beaten up and injured. Yesterday, Sichuan people in Putian made plans for taking bigger actions. This June in Zengcheng and Chaozhou, Guangdong, Sichuan migrant workers clashed with public security officers and the incident escalated later.

We have learned that in the evening of 17 October, a luxury limousine knocked down a motorbike near an international hotel in Huangshi Town. On the motor bike were two Sichuan natives. An ambulance arrived but it was late. When the two were taken to the hospital, the hospital demanded they pay first before coming to their rescue. The two died later. After the news broke, Sichuan migrant workers were outraged. Hundreds of them blocked roads and pounded vehicles. The authority deployed 500 public security officers to suppress them, and 10 people were hit by police batons and suffered injuries. Yesterday, Sichuan people in Fujian planned to come together to stage bigger protests in Huangshi Town. Today, a large number of armed policemen were on stand-by.

In June, Chaozhou and Zengcheng in Guangdong saw a riot that involved 10,000 migrant workers. The incident was triggered by the injuries of migrant workers from Sichuan, and a pregnant woman.

Contradictions in China are getting sharper, and those between migrant workers and local people are also worsening. As shown from the Foshan incident last week - in which a two-year-old baby girl was repeatedly run over and 18 people walked past her without offering help, and as indicated by most hospitals that demand patients and injured people who need urgent treatment pay first before coming to their rescue - morality is in decline in China, which is a country without a religious basis.

Source: Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, Hong Kong, in Chinese 19 Oct 11