Text of unattributed report headlined "Hundreds of retailers in Xi'an put up kilometre-long banners blocking roads in clash with armed police" published by Hong Kong Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy on 20 October.
A massive road block took place in Xi'an yesterday. Hundreds of retailers at Jiancai Cheng in the Goose Pagoda District, Xi'an, clashed with the government and contractors because of reconstruction and demolition issues. The retailers put up a series of banners running a kilometre along Xiwan Road, blocking the east, south, and north of the area. The demonstrators clashed with armed police, but the number of casualties was not known. Meanwhile, in Putian, Fujian, which saw a riot staged by Sichuan migrant workers on 17 October, a large number of armed policemen and special policemen have appeared at various traffic junctions. This morning, gunshots were heard at Putian train station, but the cause of the firing is unknown.
At 1000 [local time] yesterday, hundreds of retailers at Jiancai Cheng on Yanhuan Road, Goose Pagoda District, began to block roads. The demonstrators put up banners running a kilometre along Xiwan Road, blocking the east, south, and north of the area covering Zhangba Road, Ziwu Avenue, and Tangyan Road. Traffic in many areas was paralyzed. The demonstrators clashed with the armed police. Some vehicles were pounded and some people were injured. The number of casualties is unknown. The blockade ended at 1800.
In Putian, Fujian, tension has grown after two Sichuan natives injured in a road accident on 17 October died in a hospital that demanded they pay first before coming to their rescue. A large number of armed policemen and special policemen have appeared to prevent Sichuan migrant workers from assembling. At 0900 [local time] today, gunshots were heard at Putian train station and scores of special policemen were there, but the cause of the firing is unknown.
Source: Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, Hong Kong, in Chinese 20 Oct 11