11 Jun '11, 10pm

Thousands riot in Chinese city after government official dies while in police custody

BEIJING - Paramilitary police patrolled the streets of a central Chinese city yesterday following a riot over the death of city councilman in police custody. Thousands of people laid siege to government offices in Lichuan in Hubei province on Thursday, throwing bottles, eggs and other objects and tussling with police, according to eyewitnesses reached by phone and accounts posted online. Some in the crowd even pushed over the compound's electric gate and ransacked the office of the city's Communist Party boss. A receptionist at a hotel located nearby government headquarters said protesters gathered there from morning to late in the afternoon, with the crowd growing several thousand-strong. She said both police and protesters were injured and more than a dozen people were detained. There were no official reports of injuries or arrests in the riot, although photos posted to ...

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