China: Sichuan migrants clash with police in Guangdong province

China: Sichuan migrants clash with police in Guangdong province

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26 June 2012

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Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo

Hong Kong, 26 June - 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 Centre 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.

Source: Kyodo News Service, Tokyo, in English 1023gmt 26 Jun 12

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