03 Jan '12, 7am

Thousands protest in China over investment scams

Thousands protest in China over investment scams

BEIJING: Authorities have vowed to toughen a crackdown on illegal investment schemes after thousands of protesters took to the streets in central China at the weekend, state media reported Tuesday. Demonstrators in Anyang, a city in Henan province, swarmed a train station on Sunday claiming they had been defrauded and threatening to take their gripes to Beijing, various reports said, in the latest protest to hit the country. Photos posted online purportedly of the protest showed thousands of people and dozens of police, some wearing riot gear, on a street. Police detained 21 protesters, the China Business News said. They also stopped demonstrators from boarding trains bound for the capital, according to a post on a weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter. AFP calls to the Anyang city government went unanswered. Anyang has been plagued by illegal investment schemes, which offer...

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