19 Jan '11, 9am

China police shoot at protesters

BEIJING: Police opened fire on a crowd of protesters in southern China at the weekend, injuring at least five people, a rights group said Wednesday. More than 100 workers were marching towards a government building in Guangxi region's Wuzhou city to protest about pay on Sunday when police blocked them and fired, the Information Centre for Human Rights & Democracy said. The Hong Kong-based rights group said at least five people were injured by bullets, and added that a total of around 20 people were being treated in hospital, some with gunshot wounds, others because they fell in the crush. An employee at the Wuzhou Chinese medicine hospital, who refused to be named, told AFP 18 people had been hospitalised, all of whom had been injured by gunshots. But she refused to say who shot the patients, and AFP was not able to independently confirm whether police had indeed fired on ...

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