26 June 2012
(c) 2012 Kyodo News
HONG KONG, June 26 -- Migrants from western China's Sichuan Province clashed with police in southern Guangdong Province after a teenage boy was tied up and beaten by security guards, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday.
The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said the boy from Sichuan who had a fight with other teenagers from Zhongshan city was manhandled by security guards on Monday, leading to a protest by fellow Sichuan migrants.
Some of the protesters clashed with police, leaving 30 people injured and two police cars wrecked, the Hong Kong-based rights group said.
A Zhongshan government official, who declined to be named, told Kyodo News that the conflict started as a fight between a 15-year-old boy from Chongqing and a 13-year-old local boy.
"About 100 (migrants) from Chongqing gathered to protest against the local village security guards' handling of the fellow Chongqing boy," the official said.
"The crowd threw rocks at the police and you can't avoid injuries in situations like these," he said.